Why Do San Diego Dentists Like Potatoes?

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The reason dentists like potatoes is because they are so “filling!” Ba-dum ching.

Lame joke, I know. But seriously, the wiser our patients in Bankers Hill and Hillcrest are about what they eat, the easier it will be to care for their dear old teeth.

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It doesn’t have to be potatoes, but the mouth does request that we take a good look at what can be damaging and upsetting it.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is these acids that begin to attack the enamel on the teeth and get the decay process started for Bankers Hill people of all ages. Fruits have a high water content, which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really no-nos. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. Hillcrest folks are wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus in these foods will support tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by choosing healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

I hope this blog helps with keeping you on the path to a healthy mouth and gives you something to think about if you’re interested in oral health or a smile makeover in San Diego, California.

I’m Marcos Ortega DDS. If cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening and the like interest you, call 619-717-8459 to set up a consultation. We can discuss anything from cosmetic dentistry to Invisalign invisible braces. Our very knowledgeable and friendly staff is ready to make you comfortable.

We can offer our friends from Hillcrest dental crowns or restorative dentistry if they want it. We can schedule patients from Bankers Hill for dental implants or teeth whitening right here in our office. San Diego customers are always welcome to check into sedation dentistry. Don’t hesitate to make the call.

Marcos Ortega DDS
306 Walnut Ave, Ste 25
San Diego, California 92103
619-717-8459