Have you ever heard of a dental issue called dry mouth, where your mouth does not produce enough saliva? This annoying condition causes inflammation in the mouth and can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. Smoking, medications, certain diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s, and dehydration can all contribute to dry mouth issues. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari , will explain how important your saliva is to your dental health, so you don’t have to deal with something like dry mouth. Continue reading
When you think about the bones in your body, do you include your teeth? Even though they are not actually bones, the fact is, teeth basically need the same things as all of the bones in your body in order to remain healthy and strong. What does this include? Think calcium and vitamin D for starters. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari will offer you more tips on maintaining a healthy diet for the healthiest possible teeth.
The Perfect Match
Just calcium alone doesn’t help your teeth. The function of vitamin D is to help your bones absorb the calcium, so you really need both for calcium to do its job. If milk and other dairy products are not a component of your daily diet, you need to find a way to make sure that you’re consuming these vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy. If you’re lactose intolerant, you’re among the millions of people that don’t consume enough calcium, but there are things you can do to increase your calcium and vitamin D intake and decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis.
What about Supplements?
It’s easy to find calcium and vitamin D supplements in any drugstore or grocery store. While calcium is more effectively absorbed through dietary sources, approximately 50 percent of adults take a calcium supplement and about 40 percent of adults take a supplement that includes vitamin D. Plain yogurt, Romano cheese, tofu, Swiss cheese, and sardines are also high in calcium. You can even try milk other than from a cow. Soy, rice, and almond milk are all great as an ingredient in smoothies, sauces, and coffee drinks. Other milk-free calcium sources include drinks, such as orange juice and green smoothies, and foods such as leafy green vegetables, and sesame seeds. Many cereals are now calcium-fortified, making them good diet options to start your day. P
Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist
Vitamin D and calcium are necessary for the health and strength of your teeth and bones. For all of your dental needs, call Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington Hills, Michigan at (248) 474-6434 to reserve an appointment with Dr. Aziza Askari.
Bruxism is the clinical name for teeth grinding. Many people clench and grind their teeth in either a conscious state, or even while they sleep. Either way, teeth grinding leaves you much more susceptible to tooth and jaw damage. Chipped, fractured, and/or cracked teeth can happen when teeth grinding is unknown or ignored. Even your jaw can end up with permanent issues because of bruxism. TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is commonly linked to teeth grinding. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will talk more about dealing with jaw pain.