To Eat and Not to Eat for Healthy Teeth

Are you worried about having a cavity but are nervous about going in and getting a filling? Well did you know that changing your diet can help reverse your cavities at home so you can avoid the drill! Many patients suffer dental anxiety and it’s often related to cavities, so you are not alone. Unfortunately your dentist’s first line of defense against cavities and tooth decay is a filling, however there is a way to reverse smaller cavities on your own by eating the correct foods. Smith Dental Care is here to tell you which foods to eat and to avoid, helping reduce your risk for cavities.

Foods to eat to keep your teeth healthy:

  • Calcium Foods:
    • raw, grass-fed milk
    • Salmon
    • Broccoli
  • Vitamin D Foods:
    • Mushrooms
    • egg yolks
    • sardines
  • Vitamin K2 Foods:
    • cod liver oil
    • chicken liver
    • grass-fed beef
  • Magnesium Foods:
    • cacao
    • blackstrap molasses
    • avocado
  • Phosphorous Foods:
    • Grass-fed meat, dairy, and eggs

Foods to AVOID, to keep your teeth healthy:

  • Simple Starches:
    • bread
    • pasta
    • crackers
  • Dried Fruit:
    • raisins
  • Phytic Acid Foods:
    • wheat
    • beans
    • rice
  • Sugary Foods and Drinks
    • cookies
    • fruit juice
    • candy
  • Acidic foods and Drinks
    • soda coffee
    • alcohol

When eating these acidic and/or sugary foods, you should try rinsing your mouth out afterwards and minimizing your intake of these foods. Our team here at Smith Dental can help relieve the fears of dental anxiety, cavity or not with Sedation Dentistry.

We always make sure our patients feel relaxed, comfortable and taken care of while visiting out Tyler, Texas office, so call us today to schedule you next cleaning!


What is Sedation Dentistry?

Have you been suffering from some form of dental anxiety over the years and trying to put as much distance between you and the dental chair? Do you avoid talking to the dentist at community gatherings or at the local store? At Smith Dental, we are very aware that dental work can make even the strongest of people fearful and not willing to make an appointment; in fact, millions of Americans actually suffer from dental anxiety. So, you’re not alone. We are your Tyler dentist when it comes to sedation dentistry.

We make it our mission to have an environment where patients can feel relaxed, comfortable and taken care of. Through the wonders of sedation dentistry this can be achieved.  And, the best part, there are multiple ways to take advantage of Sedation Dentistry depending on a patient’s needs. You can literally have decades of dental work completed in as little as one session! At Smith Dental Care, we can help relieve the fears of dental anxiety.

4 things you can do to cope with dental anxiety:

  • If you are feeling anxious of going to the dentist, bring along a family member or friend you trust that can stay with you for the duration of your appointment with us.
  • Distract yourself with music or watching TV during your procedure to drown out the unfamiliar sounds of dental tools.
  • Preforming relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing before and during your appointment, can significantly reduce your anxiety.
  • Remind yourself that you are the one in control and have good communication with your Smith Dental dentists, informing them of any concerns you might have.

Sedation dentistry is both safe and effective, becoming the most common technique in the United States to help our patients overcome dental anxiety. No needles are involved in this technique, allowing the patient to sleep undisturbed through the dental procedure and waking up feeling relaxed, knowing the procedure is over.

Call Smith Dental today to schedule your next dental appointment with help from sedation dentistry!