Change your diet, Protect your teeth!

Change Your Diet, Protect Your Teeth

Food and Oral Health

Every few months, we remind our blog readers about the basic formula that leads to tooth decay and poor oral health:

Bacteria + Food + Time = CAVITIES or GUM DISEASE or BOTH

You probably already know that the foods that put you at the greatest risk for tooth decay and gum disease are those high in sugar, any kind of sugar.   An easy way to address this is to opt for snacks that are lower in sugar and higher in nutritional content.  This not only reduces the risk of cavities, but also helps to strengthen overall health by nourishing the body.

For “mouth healthy eating”, the ADA mouthhealthy website makes the following recommendations:

“For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:
  •  whole grains
  •  fruits
  • vegetables
  • lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes
  • low-fat and fat-free dairy foods”

    Are there foods that can protect my teeth?

Beyond controlling sugar intake to make a positive impact on your oral health, there are also some foods that are known to help protect and strengthen the teeth.

Cheese: Cheese, especially cheddar cheese can help balance the pH levels in your mouth, neutralizing the natural acids found in foods.  Neutralizing these acids can help protect the enamel on your teeth, which erodes when exposed to acids.

Crunchy Vegetables: Crunchy veggies actually help clean your teeth while you eat, helping to remove food particles as you chew, limiting the build-up of plaque.  Also, chewing crunchy vegetables can help increase saliva production in the mouth, which helps wash away food particles and neutralize cavity-causing acids.  And they are extremely nutritious!

Sesame Seeds: These flavorful little seeds are abrasive enough to help remove plaque from your teeth while they are being chewed.  In addition, they are high in calcium and can help promote strong teeth in children.

 Are there supplements that can help support my oral health? 

There are certain supplements that can help keep your gums healthy, which in turn can help promote your overall oral health.  Check out the answers provided by Dr. De Vizio DMD and Dr. Gerry Curatola on the Colgate Oral Health Sharecare website:

Yes, supplements such as Vitamin B and iron can help keep your gums healthy. Vitamin B is essential for growth and iron for healthy blood, which in turn contributes to healthy gum tissue. Vitamin C keeps gums healthy by producing healthy connective tissue that holds teeth in their sockets. The antioxidant nutrient, co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) provides energy needed for gum cell growth and healing of gum tissue. Other nutrients important for gum health include vitamin A and beta carotene, zinc, vitamin E, selenium, and flavonoids. ~Dr. De Vizio DMD

Japanese researchers in the 1970’s biopsied diseased gums and discovered that there were deficiencies of key antioxidants necessary for proper cell function. Since then, ongoing research has identified the most important are Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q-10, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, B-12, Vitamin D, and Essential Fatty Acids- Omega 3, 6, 9. ~Dr. Gerry Curatola

 Promoting Your Health with Food

As you can see, not only can eating certain foods CAUSE cavities, but eating others can actually help PREVENT them.  This won’t replace the need to brush and floss regularly and get regular dental check-ups and cleanings, but it can help to promote and protect your oral and overall health.

To learn more about maintaining your oral health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard M. Nadler by calling our Hillsborough NJ dentist office at (908) 359-6655. Remember to visit our website at for more information about our office and services.

Don’t just take OUR word for it…

“I’ve been thinking about improving my smile, but I’m just not sure…”

 “It’s just so hard to find the right dentist for me…”

Have you had THESE THOUGHTS about wanting to fix your smile, but never finding the “right fit” with a dentist?  We would love to be able to help you find the “right fit” – the “Nadler fit”!

We know it can be overwhelming doing the research and deciding what works best for you and your family – please remember that the Designs for Dental Health Team is ALWAYS here to answer any questions you may have along your dental research journey.

But, don’t just take OUR word for it – Listen to the voices of our clients’ lives that were transformed by Dr. Nadler and the Designs by Dental Health Team:

“By far the best dentist I’ve ever had or hope to have!”, Daniel’s Story

Dr. Nadler took all the time I needed to answer my questions and to explain everything that would happen.  He was very reassuring and alleviated my fears and worked with care and took the time to do things the right way.  Dr. Nadler and the Designs by Dental Health Team work toward a single focus – making your patients the BEST they can be, one smile at a time.

 “Always a comfortable and relaxing experience for me at Designs for Dental Health” – Brian’s Story

I am glad I made it back to the chair to be able to realize that it was my previous Dentist, not the general idea of Dentistry that kept me from taking care of my teeth.  I thank Dr. Nadler for helping me get back on track.  My smile is no longer held back when I feel the urge to do so and that feels great!

 “Our FAMILY has been going to Dr. Nadler for over 5 years and they have always acted in a friendly and courteous manner.” – Sylvia’s Story

The office, exam areas and waiting room are very modern and clean.  The staff work very hard to make you feel at home and relaxed.  Great job!

“Aside from the visit experience itself and the overall excellent service and venue, I feel the quality and the outcome of the work I am having done is exceptional!” – Lucy’s Story

“I do not believe there is any other Dentist that provides the kind of knowledge and service that Dr. Nadler’s office provides.  Truly professional.  He makes you feel at home.” – Dave’s Story

Make an appointment today to make your smile shine brightly with Dr. Nadler and the Designs for Dental Health Team!

Dr. Nadler is writing a BOOK! Put your “2 Cents” in!

Have you always wanted to put your “2 cents” in on a book that was being written?  Well, Dr. Nadler would love your help!

He is writing a book for dental patients with the working title of:

Transform Your Life With A Smile, The Book on Designing Life-Changing Smiles

Please use the comment space below to:

  • What topics you would you think would be of interest in such a book?
  • Are there any specific questions which you would like to see addressed?
  • And, Finally, how do you feel that a healthy and beautiful smile can impact your life?

To thank you for your invaluable input, Dr. Nadler will give each person who puts in their “2 Cents” with an autographed copy of the book!

Giving Thanks with FREE Sleep Apnea Screenings in November

Free Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screenings in November 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious condition with potentially severe side effects.  People are very often unaware that they have a problem, or that they are at risk for or have conditions which are the result of  OSA. 

Conditions include:

  • Adult onset diabetes
  • High blood pressure, especially when resistant to treatment
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Heart attacks and strokes
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

If you have any the these conditions or have been told that you snore or stop breathing while asleep or you just sleep poorly perhaps finding out if sleep apnea is the problem may be the smart thing to do. We are excited about all that we have been learning about Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the potential to actually help save lives. So, since November is the month of Thanksgiving, we are offering free OSA screenings to you as our way of giving THANKS for all our blessings.

Please take advantage of this service!  The first step is to determine if you are at risk for OSA.  Once a diagnosis is established, there are various ways to control OSA and allow you to sleep better, live healthier and feel great!

This offer is open to all of our community members and their family, friends and coworkers.  Call us at 908.359.6655 or visit our website at to schedule your free screening.  Live healthy and happy!


Our Office Has Reopened!

Power has been restored to the office!

We will be in the office tomorrow, Friday, November 2, from 7:30am-5:00pm.

As of now, our telephone and Internet is still down.  You may reach us by calling Dr. Nadler’s cell phone at 609-468-6764.

And most importantly stay safe and sound!


Dr. Richard M. Nadler and the
Designs for Dental Health Team

Hurricane Sandy Update 10/31

There is still no power in the office and we will likely not have power until Monday.  As soon as we know, we will contact scheduled patients and send another update.

If you have a dental emergency, please call Dr. Nadler at 609.468.6764.  We’ll update our facebook page and phone message with additional information about our hours.

We wish you all the best for a safe, warm, and dry few days.

Click here for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s enhanced webpage with additional information from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center.


Dr. Richard M. Nadler and the
Designs for Dental Health Team