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Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

What Your Teeth Get When You Eat Lots of Proteins

Posted on 11/25/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
What Your Teeth Get When You Eat Lots of ProteinsGetting a large variety of nutrients is not only good for your body but also your teeth! Keeping your teeth is important. Without them, imagine all of the wonderful and delicious foods you would not be able to eat.

Not only that, but teeth play a role in your body's overall health and if you do not have teeth you cannot eat the foods that give you the nutrients to keep your mouth healthy. It is cyclical really.

The Role of Protein

We have all heard about the importance of calcium—it can keep our bones and teeth strong. But what about protein? Protein often goes unmentioned in the role it plays to keep our teeth healthy, and many protein rich foods can be great for sustaining a beautiful smile. Protein can be beneficial to all ages, but it is particularly helpful for children whose teeth are just starting to develop.

We all know the role of protein when it comes to growing big muscles, just ask any of those Hollywood hunks. However, a little-known fact about protein is its importance when it comes to tooth health. Protein is necessary to create a strong tooth structure, connective tissue in the gums, and it also supports immune function to help fight sickness.

Protein helps children growing their first teeth, adult or baby, by supporting the growth of enamel when the teeth are being formed. It does this by combining with other nutrients in the body. Without enough protein, enamel growth in children can be dampened.

Alongside its ability to strengthen enamel growth, protein also helps grow connective tissue throughout the body. This means the connective tissue that helps make up the gums needs protein to grow as well. If your gums are damaged, protein will help restore them to new over time.

Gum health plays a big part in the overall health of your mouth and body, so it is important to keep them as healthy as possible. If you would like to talk more about the benefits of protein to your teeth and gums, give us a call. We would also be happy to talk to you at your next appointment, so schedule one today.

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