At Durham Dental Group, we enjoy helping patients have optimum oral health. Today’s post 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. Healthy oral habits benefit our taste buds as well as our smiles. Here are some recommendations 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) Steer clear of salt- and fat-heavy processed food with artificial flavors. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.
3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are bad for a host of reasons, but many men and women don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke. Olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.
In addition to healthy teeth and keen taste buds, the team at Durham Dental Group want our patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry and pediatric dentistry.
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