Which Foods Are Troubling for Your Teeth?

Try as you might to stick to a healthy diet, your teeth just aren’t as strong as you’d like them to be. What gives? Teeth professionals, like Kool Smiles, know that there’s more to it than getting your daily dose of fruits and veggies. Certain foods – even the healthy ones – may be doing more harm than good when it comes to your teeth.

Juicing 101 for Healthy Teeth

If you’re making an effort to eat healthier, you may have pulled your juicer from the back of the cupboard, vowing to make fruit and veggie juice at least a couple of times a week. While fruits and vegetables are undoubtedly healthy for you, many of them are packed with sugar and acid, which can wreak havoc on your teeth. You don’t need to avoid juicing entirely; just follow these tips to make sure you’re keeping your smile happy, too.

  • Always use a straw when sipping! This will limit how much the acids and sugar come in contact with your teeth, which will keep them healthy.
  • Get most of the juice from vegetables, especially the green ones. They won’t make your blood sugar spike the same way that fruits and sweeter veggies do. Leafy greens are the best options, like kale, spinach, and collards, because they contain a lot of phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium, all nutrients that are good for your teeth.
  • Use fruit sparingly when juicing. Thrown in just a handful of berries or half of a pear or apple. Opt for ripe fruits, which are less acidic than unripe ones.
  • Use a bit of wheatgrass in your juices or smoothies. Wheatgrass is considered a super food because of its many health benefits – it’s energizing, packs in a bunch of vitamins, and is a great source of amino acids and minerals.
  • You may not think that oil has a place in juice, but adding a bit of coconut oil will provide antibacterial properties, which is excellent for teeth. All you need is one teaspoon! You won’t even notice it’s there, other than the delicious hint of coconut.
  • When you think of cranberry juice, you may be thinking of the sugary sweet kind. Regular cranberries and unsweetened cranberry juice is delicious too, without being so detrimental to your smile. Plus, cranberries have compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth, which can ward off cavities.

Foods That Go CRUNCH!

You love a good crunch snack, but which ones are bad for your teeth and which ones are healthy??

Many snack foods – the same ones that are bad for your waistline – are bad for your teeth. Chips, crackers, and pretzels are bad for your teeth for two reasons: first, they get stuck to your teeth, and second, the carbohydrates break down to sugar, which can ruin the enamel.

Crunchy fruits (pears, apples) gets rid of bacteria and plaque. Plus, these fruits are packed with good-for-you fiber. Raw veggies are great for your teeth (and body) too, and they increase saliva which acts as a defense against gum disease and cavities.

If you’re doing all the right things but your teeth still aren’t looking or feeling healthy, make an appointment with your dentist.

One Busy Saturday

Saturday is laundry day so we usually just stay home. The kids spend time with their Papa or do crafts while I wash our clothes.  Last Saturday though was an exception.  Right after hanging the last piece of clothing to dry, we all prepped for going out.

First stop was a quick lunch before the kids’ dental appointment.  The kids now go to My Dentist in SM where a pedia dentist is available on weekdays.  It’s also more convenient going there since it’s much closer to our place than PCMC.  Both kids had oral prophylaxis and fluoride application. As always, it was fuss-free and cavity-free. Yup! Both kids have stayed cavity-free up to now.  Want to know how they’ve managed to have healthy gums and teeth?  Click here to read my post from last year.

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Who’s not afraid of the dentist?

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chillin’ coz there’s no drillin’ (still cavity free! woo-hoo!)

After getting their “good patient” stickers from their dentist, we bought a couple of gifts for Jakei’s best friend in school who was celebrating her 6th birthday.  Then off we trooped to Antipolo.

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Jakei wouldn’t miss BFF Sam’s birthday party for anything in the world!

The kids had fun playing party games but we had to leave before the magic show started.  I had dinner plans with mommy blogger friends and had to be at the train station before 6pm.  Instead of going home, Papa Jay took the kids on a movie date. The kids had been waiting for the movie Big Hero 6 to be shown on the big screen so this naturally was the movie of the night. 🙂

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Kids were raving about this movie on the way home!

After the movie, they waited for me halfway to the house so I wouldn’t have to walk home all by myself.  We arrived home a little after 10pm with Papa and I exhausted and the kids, as always, still full of energy.  It definitely was a long busy Saturday for us, not the typical in-bed-by-seven-o-clock weekday sched. 😀

Care to share how your weekend went? I’d love to hear your stories too. 🙂

Who’s Afraid of the Dentist?

Definitely not these two!

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See those faces beaming with joy?  My kids obviously were happy to see their dentist.  Considering that it’s their first time in this particular dental clinic, they behaved really well.  There was a little bit of anxiety on Jade’s part at first which explains why her little brother was with her on the dental chair. It didn’t take long though for her to feel comfortable.  Prophylaxis and fluoride application was a breeze because both kids were very cooperative and followed the dentist’s instructions well.

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Want to know why they’re not afraid of the dentist?  Here are a few reasons why I’ve got fearless little tots:

  1. We take them to the dentist annually.  The kids’ teeth are all cavity-free but we’ve been taking them to see the dentist since they were a year old. Dental visits usually just involved a quick peek at their teeth and since they don’t have cavities, the visits were enjoyable ones. This is perhaps why they were very comfortable in the dental clinic.   Don’t wait for your child to have toothaches or cavities before you take him to the dentist.  Ideally, you should take your child to the dentist every six months.
  2. We role-play at home.  We love to do pretend play where we get transported to different worlds.  One of those worlds is a magical dental clinic where one of us gets to pretend to be the dentist who gives children candies only if they promise to brush their teeth. 🙂 And of course, there’s the “open your mouth wide” routine and the “brush your teeth after meals” reminder.
  3. We take great care of their teeth.  Both kids are cavity-free because they both know already how to care for their teeth.  Although Jakei loves to eat candies, chocolates, and almost everything sweet, he knows how to brush his teeth well and also remembers to drink water after eating his sweet treats.
  4. Before going to the dentist, we go through what they should expect during the visit.  Since this was their first prophylaxis and fluoride application, I told them that the dentist would be cleaning their teeth with a special brush and then she’d be ‘painting’ them with special toothpaste. By telling them what to expect, you lessen their apprehensions and allay their fears.

It did help that Dra. Dimanlig, the pediatric dentist, was very genial.  She had this motherly air that the kids immediately warmed up to her.  So do also choose a dentist that your kids would not be afraid of.  Oh, and please don’t make the dentist the terrible witch who’d pull all their teeth out if they ate too much candy.  If you tell your kids this, then don’t be surprised if they absolutely refuse to see the dentist!

Nonverbal Communication and Healthy Teeth with a Dentist

Body language is a form of communication that defies cultural and lingual barriers. A smile is a smile no matter what language the happy person speaks. Sadly, some people feel too ashamed to smile because they feel their mouth to be in poor visual condition. This usually means that their oral health is also damaged internally. This can lead to poor health in other areas throughout the body. A life without smiling happily is dangerous indeed. What is your internal reaction when you smile? If your smile could use a bit of improvement, there are people who can help. A Simi Valley dentist can brighten up your smile with the latest advancements in dental technology. Then they can teach you how to maintain your gorgeous new grin at home.

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Keep Your Mouth Healthy at Home

Loved by parents and despised by adolescents everywhere, brushing and flossing are two simple ways to keep your mouth healthy. Be sure to spend an adequate amount of time on each tooth with your brush. Use toothpaste that is custom fit to your needs by your oral hygienist. That way you can be sure to get the most out of your time spent. Also, make sure to get between each tooth and gum line whilst flossing. It’s amazing how much food can get stuck in those hard-to-reach places.

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Keep Your Great Smile Forever

You’ll only have one set of adult teeth. Make sure to take care of them so they will last you a lifetime. Biting and chewing food is something that most people with healthy mouths take for granted. Once you lose the ability to eat food in a natural and uninhibited way, things can change about your life. You may not have the same appetite. Loss of appetite can create problems. Chewing food is a necessary part of the digestive process. Without this ability, the whole experience can become cumbersome. Fortunately there are professionals like a Simi Valley dentist who have the training and expertise to help you recover from any dental problem and keep you smiling for many years to come.

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Dental Hygiene to Teach Your Children

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It is your responsibility as a parent to teach your children the tools they will use for their entire lives. You will be the biggest influence in their childhood, and the habits you teach them will likely stick with them forever. One of these important things that you need to teach them is good dental hygiene. By going to the Fresno children’s dentist and teaching your children the following things, they will have the right habits for healthy teeth and a healthy mouth.

What Your Children Need to Learn


The first thing you must teach your children is how to care for their teeth. This includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. To brush, they need to use toothpaste on an appropriately sized toothbrush. Teach them to brush their teeth from all angles, and to brush the surface of their tongues as well. This process should take at least two minutes. They should brush at least twice a day – in the morning and at night, and can brush more if the opportunity presents itself. Flossing should be done once a day, though this is more commonly neglected. They need to get a long strand and wrap most of it around one finger, holding one end in the other hand. As they floss around every tooth, they can unravel the floss to have new string available. This will help strengthen gums and keep stuff out from between the teeth. Mouthwash should be done with brushing; the mouthwash should be swished around in the mouth for thirty seconds. The other habits your children need to learn are to eat food that is good for the mouth. Drinking milk and getting calcium will strengthen bones and teeth. They need to avoid sugar and dark drinks to keep the teeth healthy at all times.

Going to the Dentist


Take your children to the Fresno children’s dentist as soon as they are old enough. The growth of their teeth needs to be monitored and any problems need to be caught early on. The dentist will also teach your children the importance of good dental hygiene and can give you any additional tips on how to teach these things to your children.