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La Mesa, CA 91941

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Nutrition Advice From Your La Mesa Holistic Dentist

At Smilehaven Dental we are committed to providing high quality, holistic dental care to patients in La Mesa and the surrounding San Diego area. Dr. Chan and his team believe in a holistic approach to oral health. We focus on your overall health and well-being and how it relates to your healthy smile. We work hard to educate you on topics that can improve your overall health and we use only the safest dental materials

Fluoride Alternatives

There is plenty of debate and discussion about the fact that much of the publically available water in the United States is artificially fluoridated – an additive not found in nature. Fluoride may help prevent dental decay when applied directly to tooth surfaces, but arguably does NOT help prevent tooth decay when ingested. Patients who are looking for a natural alternative to fluoride don’t need to look far – Vitamin D, the same vitamin that is well known to promote bone strength and density, can also be effective in preventing dental decay. Documentation of Vitamin D’s effect on dental health stretches back to the 19th century.

With proper sunlight exposure and supplements, Vitamin D can be an effective solution to help strengthen your teeth. There is considerable difference from patient to patient, however, so we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Chan so that we can more fully evaluate your Vitamin D needs.

Nutrition for Dental Health

Nutrition plays a large part in maintaining not only a healthy smile but a healthy mind and body as well. Here are some easy tips to help improve your dental health:

  • Cut Out Snacks and Smaller Meals: arguably, how often you eat it is almost as important as what you eat. Snacking and sipping on sweetened drinks throughout the day creates an acidic environment in your mouth where bacteria can thrive and plaque grows. Cutting down on snacks and brushing after meals can dramatically improve your dental health.
  • Leave Out the Chewy Foods: Foods that are very sticky and chewy can stick to your teeth – potentially even hours after you’ve eaten them. Don’t give them a chance to cause cavities: pass on sticky foods.
  • Less Cola and Coffee, More Water: Coffee, colas, tea, juices, wine and sports drinks are everywhere, but unfortunately they are all perfectly suited to make your mouth acidic, promoting dental decay. If you’re thirsty, reach for a bottle of water – it’s not only good for your teeth, but your overall health.
  • Brush and Floss: It may sound obvious, but it’s important. For tips on this, visit our Oral Hygiene page.
  • Minimize Fluoride: The marketing machine behind fluoride, a toxic byproduct of fertilizer, is so effective that most US sources of water are artificially fluoridated. Even still, many people worry about buying fluoridated toothpastes, mouthwashes, even floss! While the benefits of ingested fluoride are not conclusive, the condition of fluorosis – caused from overexposure to fluoride – is a fact. Avoid fluoridated dental products, and be sure your dentist uses only safe dental materials.

Contact Our La Mesa Dental Office

If you have any questions about holistic dentistry or any of our treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact our La Mesa dental office. Our friendly staff is happy to answer your questions or help you schedule an appointment with Dr. Chan. We look forward to hearing from you!