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What Your Teeth Get from You Eating Protein
When you eat protein, it helps your body in many different ways. It can help you build up muscle and helps rebuild many different tissues within your body. Your teeth also benefit from you eating protein. The phosphorus found in protein-rich foods works together with calcium and can help your teeth get stronger. Here are a few things you can do to increase your protein intake.

How to Get Enough Protein

One way to get enough protein and phosphorus is through meats, such as beef, pork, and poultry. These foods are extremely versatile and can be incorporated into a wide variety of meals. Seafood is another great protein option that is a good source of phosphorus, so you can also try adding some tuna, salmon, or sardines to your diet.

If you do not eat meat or seafood, cheese and eggs are other options, and they can be delicious additions to food. There also are protein options that are entirely plant-based, such as nuts, legumes, and seeds. Not sure where to begin? Try using black beans, lentils, tofu, pumpkin seeds, almonds as the protein for one of your dishes this week!

By eating protein, you are getting the phosphorous your body needs to help build stronger teeth. Food not only fuels our bodies, but it also provides the nutrients for stronger, healthier teeth!

Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Smile Stay Bright
Whether you have never tried teeth whitening or you just had your teeth whitened, there are many ways to help prevent staining and keep your smile looking bright. Keeping up with brushing and flossing not only helps maintain your dental health, but it can also help prevent staining. Certain foods and drinks also tend to cause teeth stains, such as coffee, tea, candy, and berries, so reducing the amount of time your teeth have contact with them can help reduce teeth stains.

These simple changes can help keep your smile brighter, but there are many reasons that teeth become stained or discolored. If you have further questions, contact our office today, and we will be happy to help!

How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Hurts Your Mouth
When you sleep with your mouth open, your mouth is likely to get dry. This means that your producing less saliva, and there is not enough to help keep your teeth clean and protected. The saliva washes away food particles and bacteria, helping to prevent decay, inflammation, and gingivitis. If left unchecked and untreated, these factors can contribute to gum recession, tooth loss, bone loss, dental implant failure, and more.

By sleeping with your mouth open, the saliva in your mouth dries out, and you become more susceptible to all these issues. If you constantly sleep with your mouth open, make sure to come in and talk to us about it. We can help!

Emphasizing the connection between a healthy body, healthy mouth, and a beautiful smile!

Spring Creek Family Dentistry | | 503-659-9658
2636 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie, OR 97222



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