Don’t Go Fried on National Potato Month

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Did you know that September is National Potato Month? Eating the right foods help strengthen your teeth and gums. It’s the best way to prevent oral problems such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, bad breath and tooth loss.

Fortify your diet with the right kinds of foods, vitamins and minerals. Maximize your oral health by eating potatoes and we don’t mean French fries!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have a strong dose of vitamin A, which is very important for the health of your teeth and gums. Vitamin A maintains the soft tissue of your gums. The vitamin is also vital in maintaining the protein keratin, an agent that promotes formation of tooth enamel.

When making sweet potatoes – bake, fry, mash, steam or boil. Though sweet potatoes tinge on the sweet side, use can use them instead of white or red potatoes in soup, roast and stew recipes.

Stay Away from Potato Chips on National Potato Month

Many starchy foods like potato chips get stuck in your teeth. While you might not consider them as dangerous as sugar, it’s important to know that the starches begin converting to sugar almost immediately. Brush and floss immediately after consuming starchy foods.

Get a Dental Plan for Regular Cleanings

You can avoid future dental problems by getting regular cleanings and checkups provided with your dental benefits.

However, there are several options to choose from. The premiums, deductibles, and types of coverage can vary, so here are four important steps when you’re shopping around for dental benefits.

  • First, find out if you can get group coverage
  • Secondly, check into individual policies
  • Third, research dentists in your network.
  • Finally, read your policy

The bottom line is to do your homework. If you don’t understand the policy, ask your broker for a brief explanation. The key here is to get the best dental care for you and your family.