March 5, 2015 by Amanda Duffy
We’re all aware of the obvious bad candidates that are not so good for our teeth: the fizzy, sugary, sticky kind of food and drinks that provide a haven for bacteria to hold on to, feed off and produce teeth-eroding acid that leads to decay.
However, hidden dangers lurk everywhere and you may be surprised to find that just because something is good for you, it does not necessarily follow that it is good for your teeth. This doesn’t mean you should avoid these items, but just be aware of the hidden hazards, so you can take appropriate steps to limit any damage.
Citrus fruits include oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes. Rich in vitamin C they maintain collagen which is essential for healthy skin and gums. The problem is that citrus is very acidic, and acid erodes tooth enamel – which won’t grow back. If you are eating citrus foods and/or drinking citrus fruit drinks throughout the day, your enamel will be under constant attack.
Dried fruit is a healthier option than candy for snacking on, giving your body vitamins and anti-oxidants that confectionery just does not. However, all fruit contains natural sugars, and once the water has been expunged, what’s left is highly concentrated with sugar, which is sticky and clings to teeth, trapping those acid-producing bacteria.
You may wonder how bread can be bad for your teeth, but white bread, in particular, as well as potatoes and pasta are all starchy, and the particles are easily lodged in crevices and between teeth. Once you start chewing on them the enzymes in your saliva breakdown the starches and they begin to convert to sugar almost immediately, providing a haven for bacteria.
Nuts are high in healthy fats, proteins and vitamin E, but some whole nuts, particularly almonds, are incredibly hard, and could lead to a fractured tooth if you bite down too hard on them.
CHEWABLE VITAMINS AND SPORTS DRINKS
Chewable vitamins contain concentrated acid that tends to cling to teeth and sports drinks are also extremely acidic, as well as being full of sugar.
- Use a straw when drinking sugary or acidic drinks and aim toward the back of the mouth.
- Use water as a mouthwash to clear sugar and acids after drinking or eating.
- Brush teeth after consuming sugary or acidic foods, but rinse with water first and wait 20 minutes. Acid softens teeth enamel so you must allow time for your saliva to re-mineralize teeth or brushing could cause further damage.
- Eat cheese. It is high in calcium (which is good for strong teeth) and it can help to neutralize harmful acids.
- Eat sliced nuts instead of whole nuts, especially in the case of almonds.
- Chew on sugar-free gum containing xylitol. This helps to neutralize acids as well as encouraging saliva production which contains proteins and minerals to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, as well as fighting germs and preventing bad breath.
Categories: Dental Health |
March 3, 2015 by Neil Walker
1. Los Algodones is on The US-Mexico Border
Los Algodones is on the US-Mexico border near Arizona and California and is the northernmost town in Mexico. Only 7 miles from Yuma, it is a popular destination for North Americans seeking some winter sun, and looking for bargains on Mexican handicrafts, pharmaceuticals and medical and dental care.
2. The Dental Capital of The World
Los Algodones is known as the dental capital of the world, with over 900 dentists in more than 300 clinics established in a few blocks. Notably, these are nearest to the border, displacing some of the shops and restaurants which served the tourist trade. Algodones is still popular with tourists, but it is now equally a destination to go to for dental care.
3. We Would Not Recommend Using The Referral Agents
As you can imagine, competition for patients is fierce in Algodones, and near the border especially you will be accosted by hustlers who work on commission to get you to a dentist. We wouldn’t recommend this approach in finding a dentist. Reliable and trustworthy dentists prefer to let their work speak for them and rely on word-of-mouth to get patients. Satisfied patients return to them again and again, and will often recommend good dentists to their friends, family or on dental clinic review platforms.
Dentistry in Algodones covers the whole spectrum of dental care, not just general dentistry such as fillings and teeth cleaning. There are plenty of specialists about who have expertise in root canals, orthodontics, dental implants, oral surgery and every other type of dental care imaginable.
5. As Reliable as US Dentists
Reliable dentists in Algodones receive training that is on a par with their colleagues in the United States. All dentists receive general dental training. However, the difference between Mexico dentists and dentists in the US is with regard to specialist training. In the US dentists have to take further training in their appropriate area of specialization. In Mexico they don’t. However, it is now commonplace for dentists in Mexico (especially those who treat international patients) to undertake additional specialist qualifications – and many do so in the United States.
6. American Dental Association
Many dentists in Mexico have obtained professional membership of the American Dental Association and are subject to the same rules of professional conduct and standards as their American counterparts.
7. State-of-the-Art Equipment and Technology
Dental clinics in Algodones may not look up to much from the outside, but inside they are just as well-equipped as your dentist’s at home. Nowadays, you are just as likely to find state-of-the-art, high-tech clinics with multi-disciplinary teams as you are single-dentist practices.
8. Same Brands and Quality as The United States
Materials used by dentists in Algodones are not inferior brands, as the exact same brands and quality found at home are available here.
9. Save Around 70% On Dental Treatments
The cost savings are enormous. Most dental patients easily save around 70% on their dental care in Algodones compared to the costs at home – and some substantially more. Patients having big procedures save thousands.
10. Verified Clinic Checks For Your Safety
Dental Departures background checks all its verified clinics, so patients can be certain of receiving a high-standard of care when booking their dentistry in Algodones with Dental Departures.
Start your search for the best dental clinics in Los Algodones by clicking here or listen to patient interview with Medial Travel Show for experiencing dental care in Los Algodones here
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