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19/Jul/2018

Best Fall Foods for Your Teeth

September 22 marks the first day of fall. Along with the change of seasons, comes a multitude of delicious seasonal foods. Most fruits and vegetables that are in season during autumn go nicely with Thanksgiving dinner right around the corner. There are certain foods that have significant positive benefits for your teeth. They provide vital nutrients and minerals that strengthen teeth and keep your smile bright and in optimum health.

Some of the best fall foods for your teeth include fall vegetables like kale, carrots & broccoli and fall fruits such as strawberries, kiwi & apples. Along with providing necessary nutrients and minerals that strengthen teeth, these fibrous foods cleanse your teeth as you chew, defending your gums against bacteria and tooth decay. This also means that these delicious foods contribute to your bright smile and help it to stay in tip-top shape.

Always try to avoid processed foods, which are generally have a high sugar content. Fresh fruits like granny smith apples are a healthy option for satisfying your sugar cravings. If you do add sugar to quench a sweet tooth, try using stevia which is a natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. Be sure to brush and floss as soon as possible following any sweet snacks or drinks. Drinking water afterward will help cleanse your teeth and wash away the harmful bacteria from your teeth.

Eating healthy foods and maintaining your home hygiene regimen will keep your teeth in good shape between dental visits. To ensure your teeth are in tip-top shape and there are no undetected dental problems developing, visit Westchase Premier Dental for your routine checkups and cleanings. In between visits, however, enjoy nutritious and tasty treats that will make your mouth smile!

Contact Westchase Premier Dental at (813) 475 – 4528.

Further Reading: WebMd – Foods Good For Your Teeth


19/Jul/2018

Cinco de Mayo Chili Pepper Tribute

Everyone loves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy some of our favorite Mexican appetizers, meals, and cocktails. Those zesty Mexican favorites just wouldn’t be the same without the addition of some fiery chili peppers. This Cinco de Mayo Westchase Premier Dental would like to honor these zingy little nuggets of fire. We have found some interesting facts about chili peppers of all varieties and some health benefits worth sharing.

Chili Peppers help boost your immune system. The bright color from chili peppers is derived from their high content of beta-carotene, or vitamin A. Vitamin A is keeps your mucous membranes healthy, which are your body’s first line of defense against pathogens. Chili peppers are also high in calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth.


Let’s Talk Capsaicin

Chili peppers are high in capsaicin, which is known to fight the inflammatory process. Capsaicin gives chili peppers their pungence ranging from very mild to intensely spicy. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. Capsaicin is also known to be a natural pain reliever. It is now being used as a topical treatment to relieve osteoarthritic pain. Along with reducing pain, capsaicin helps to clear out a stuffy nose and congested lungs. The heat from the peppers stimulates secretions to aid in clearing mucus. 

There are many other possible health benefits of chili peppers being studied including:

  • Preventing Stomach Ulcers
  • Lowering Type 2 Diabetes Risks
  • Weight Loss
  • Cardiovascular Benefits

For further reading on the possible health benefits read whfoods.org

Get out and celebrate this Cinco de Mayo and enjoy your spicy chili pepper infused favorites along with your Margaritas. Don’t forget to contact us for your next dental visit at (813) 475 – 4528. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist you.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo from all of us at Westchase Premier Dental!

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