doctor Stephanie Teichmiller is an experienced dentist here in Decatur. At Decatur Smiles, we enjoy helping patients have optimum oral health. Today’s message focuses on something mouth-related that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: our sense of taste.
A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. Dedicated oral hygiene not only keeps our teeth healthy, it benefits our taste buds. Here are a few suggestions to help you better enjoy all the flavors and textures that can make each meal a delight.
1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your dentist. Adequate saliva is also necessary for avoiding cavities and gum disease.
2) Limit processed foods with a lot of salt, fat, and artificial flavors. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.
3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for many serious health problems, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke. Olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.
Thank you so much for visiting our blog. Along with strong teeth and taste buds, I want my patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. If you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 1316 Somerville Rd SE Ste 2 in Decatur.