Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Sink Your Teeth into Foods That are Good for Them

Healthy Teeth

There’s nothing sweet about tooth decay, and it’s no secret that sugar is its number one cause. But what you may not know is, there’s more to a healthy smile than a simple avoidance of cookies, cakes, and candies. Some foods, it turns out, actually help your teeth ward of disease the same way they help your body build immunity. Best of all, they’re easy to find and simple to enjoy.

Antioxidants help our bodies fight disease, but they also play a role in good dental care. Antioxidants have been shown to help reduce inflammation and limit its effect on teeth and gums. Some of the best-known antioxidants are beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, which can be found in many fruits and vegetables such as cantaloupe, berries, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, carrots, and kale. Other sources include almonds and milk.

While antioxidants help to reduce the development of dental problems, foods with crunch and calcium can help remove existing ones. Eating crunchy foods like apples, carrots, celery, and pears, can remove damaging plaque, along with coffee, tea, and red wine stains. Calcium-filled foods like dairy products, leafy greens, and nuts can help strengthen teeth and have the ability to redeposit the minerals on tooth enamel that have been removed by acidic foods.

Aside from sugar, acidic foods can cause some of the worst problems, say dental care experts. And surprisingly, those damaging acids can be found in healthy foods like citrus and tomatoes. But you can still enjoy these acid-containing foods by eating them along with other fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. Their water content will dilute the acids and stimulate your saliva to wash away food particles.

Many people use sugar substitutes to avoid sugar’s harmful dental effects. While these sugar substitutes don’t produce the acids or bacteria that contribute to tooth decay, sugarless or sugar-free products can be just as damaging as sugar.

The foods you eat can make a tremendous difference in the health of your teeth and gums, but the most important part of dental care is regular visits to your dentist. It takes a family dentistry expert to detect and resolve dental problems before they become more serious and expensive to treat. Fortunately, you can find an excellent and affordable dentist in Abington who will provide the quality and compassionate dental care you need.

To learn more about family dentistry from an affordable dentist in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS. 

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Patient Reviews
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
Karen J.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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