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3 Things You Thought Were Bad For You

womanwonderingheadbandAs you may have noticed, sometimes you learn that things you assumed were bad for you are actually good for you. This is a common issue that occurs among our dental patients who are frequently surprised that certain items are good for oral health, rather than bad. For instance, do you know for certain whether chewing gum is good or bad? Learn more with some surprising information!

#1: Gum

You are probably under the impression that chewing gum is bad for your oral health. However, this is only true for gum that contains sugar. If it’s sugarless, it’s actually beneficial – it helps keep teeth nice and clean.

#2: Brushing More Than Twice Daily

You may have heard throughout your life that brushing your teeth too much will strip your enamel and lead to problems like cavities. This is only a concern if you are rough with your teeth. However, it’s okay to brush after meals or snacks if you apply gentle pressure. Just make sure you rinse first and wait 30 minutes before brushing.

#3: Eating Nuts Is Dangerous

As you likely know, there are a lot of nuts out there! If your teeth are prone to breakage or already have restorations, it might be a good idea to avoid the very-hard-to-eat varieties. You should also avoid attempting to dehull a nut with your teeth. However, nuts that you can comfortably chew are actually good for your oral health because they provide a good source of calcium and can help remove plaque from teeth.

Call Active Dental in Irving and Grand Prairie Today!

Dr. Kalpesh Patel, Dr. Jason Strickland, and the talented staff at Active Dental believe when you live healthy, you smile healthy, and we make every patient feel as though they are family. We want you to look forward to visiting our office. In addition to the highly-personalized treatment we provide, our office is also packed with amenities (like Netflix during your treatment!) and is designed with a strong focus on patient comfort. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel or Dr. Strickland, call Active Dental in Irving, TX today at 972-556-0600, or in Grand Prairie, TX at 972-606-2999. We also proudly welcome patients who come from Coppell, Valley Ranch, Las Colinas, Irving, and all surrounding communities.