Doctor's Notes

October is Dental Hygiene Month

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Written by Ivan Lee

How important are your teeth? Your teeth are essential to help you eat, talk and breathe easier. Taking care of your teeth can help in many different ways like having a great smile, being able to eat food that you like and much more.

A great start to taking care of your teeth is choosing the right kinds of foods in your diet. Try foods that provide calcium to help re-mineralize your teeth and strengthen your enamel. These are some of the best food choices for your teeth:

  • cheese
  • chicken or other meats
  • nuts
  • milk
  • Fiber-rich fruits and veggies

The worst food choices usually contain lots of sugar, starch or acid (the foods that taste so good!). These foods can eat away at your enamel and add more bacteria in your mouth. Here are a few you should limit for your dental health:

  • hard candy
  • citrus fruit
  • pickles
  • sugary drinks like bubble tea, soda and fruit juice
  • acidic drinks like vinegar, wine and tomato juice

It is okay to eat your favorite treat from time to time, as long as you are taking care of your teeth. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day, use mouthwash to wash any access residue, don’t smoke, and of course, visit your dentist regularly. This will reduce your chances of getting cavities, and gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Please visit the dentist to see how they can assist you on having a great smile. Going to the dentist sounds like a chore or possibly scary, but they are your best friends when it comes to your teeth. You can make an appointment with the dental department by calling (212) 226-9339.

Written by Ivan Lee. Ivan Lee is the dental program associate from the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. He coordinates outreach and workshops to the community to educate about dental health.

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Author: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a nonprofit and federally qualified health center, established in 1971. Our mission is to eliminate disparities in health, improve health status, and expand access to the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. Our vision is to strive to be a Center for Excellence by being a leader in providing quality, culturally relevant, and affordable health care and education, and advocacy on behalf of the health and social needs of the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. Learn more at www.cbwchc.org.

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