COVID-19: Office Updates

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.

Do Healthy Teeth Keep Your Weight Down?

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Do Healthy Teeth Keep Your Weight Down?Healthy teeth, in and of themselves, will not keep your weight down. However, what you eat to maintain healthy teeth will – and will do so without counting calories. A diet that is balanced and comprised of the major food groups will keep you slim and trim, help you maintain your smile, and give you sufficient calories for regular exercise.

Why Fad or Low-Calorie Diets are Bad

Fad dieting or low-calories and restricted diets are bad for the teeth. In this case, you may lose weight temporarily, but eating such a limited intake of foods can also impact your teeth and gums. For example, low-carb and no-carb diets can affect the breath, as they release chemicals known as ketones which give you bad breath. Instead, of taking this dietary approach, it is easier to eat the carbs and exercise, which will put an end to halitosis.

What Is a Balanced Diet?

A balanced diet consists of foods that comprise a nice balance of fruits and vegetables (including leafy greens), good fats (such as Omega-3s), dairy, and whole grains. Stay away from processed foods or sugary hard candies, both which allow bacterial plaque to remain on the teeth. When you eat a balanced diet and combine it with a routine of regular exercise (such as biking or walking), you will experience better dental health and boost your immune system at the same time.

You can stay slim and healthy and present a nice smile. By eating a nutritionally rich diet, you can forego fad diets and focus on taking care of your teeth as well as a regular program of exercise. Professional cleanings and exams also will boost your dental and health goals. Make sure you schedule regular office visits every six months. Give us a call today for a dental cleaning and exam if you have not seen us in the last six months. We look forward to helping you meet your goals for better dental care.

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