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Is Your Diet Helping or Hurting Your Smile?
May 16, 2019

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What you eat matters! Foods containing a high concentration of sugar, citric acid, carbohydrates, and more are likely to create bacteria that stick to your teeth, called plaque, and produce aggressive acids that can eat away at tooth enamel. This bacteria can also lead to cavities and a variety of other dental pains, many of which lead to tooth decay. How do you avoid tooth decay? Watch what you’re eating and avoid these plaque-building foods:

  • Juices and citrus fruits
  • Sports drinks and sodas
  • Potato chips and other crunchy starch-filled foods
  • Hard candies & sticky candies
  • Pastas, refined grains, and other carbohydrates
  • Wine, tea, coffee & dark foods

While your best option is brushing after each meal to avoid the build-up of plaque, we at the Dental Care Center also recommend eating the following foods that are naturally proven to help keep your smile healthy:

  • Your teeth need plenty of calcium and phosphorus; find these in foods such as milk, cheeses, chicken, and nuts.
  • Your teeth also need water to help dilute the acids; find this in foods such as apples and pears and vegetables.
  • To help restore your teeth think about chewing on some sugarless gum throughout your day. It stimulates saliva production, which helps wash away acids caked on your teeth.
  • Drinking lots of water and consuming high-fiber foods is another sure way to help wash away plaque from the teeth naturally.

For more information on how to keep your teeth healthy and free from tooth decay, set up an appointment at one of our offices near you. Call us today!