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For a beautiful smile look no further than your diet! A healthy mouth starts with healthy eating habits to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. What you eat, and don’t eat, can make all the difference in your oral health.

The Harmful of Effects of Acids

Acids created by oral bacteria can harm the hard tissues in the mouth, causing cavities and gum disease. Having a weakened immune system because of an unhealthy diet can also put you at risk for periodontal disease.

Sugary, sticky foods like candy and dried fruit promote tooth decay as oral bacteria comes into contact with sugar and the acid created by it attacks your teeth. Acidic drinks soften tooth enamel over time by repeated exposure to acid and sugar in soda and canned teas which combine to erode enamel. If you are a sipper, it may help to sip through a straw to limit the exposure on your teeth, and rinse well with water after drinking to help restore balance. Drinking sweetened drinks with meals may also neutralize the effects.

Saliva balances the acids in the mouth and protects hard and soft oral tissues. Keep your saliva production stimulated by staying well-hydrated. Water and unsweetened green tea is healthful, and chewing sugarless gum can also help encourage saliva production.

Foods to Build a Healthy Body and Oral Health

Choose foods that include all the recommended food groups, such as grains, fruits, vegetables, meat and milk. Supplements may also help if your diet is not balanced. Calcium helps make healthy teeth and bones, and vitamins C and D promote healthy teeth and gums. In addition, vitamin C reduces inflammation and strengthens blood vessels and the connective tissue in your jaw which anchors your teeth.

Foods Supplying Calcium
Yogurt, milk, cheese, soybeans, tofu with calcium, white beans, broccoli, almonds and leafy greens like kale, bok choy, collard greens.

Foods Supplying Vitamin C
Oranges and juice, guava, bell peppers, grapefruit and juice, pineapple, strawberries, broccoli, kale, kidney beans, sugar snap peas and tomatoes, to name just a few.

Foods Supplying Vitamin D
Mackerel, wild salmon, sardines and herring, milk, soy milk, yogurt, and egg yolks.

Let your diet strengthen you oral health and your teeth and gums will take good care of you. If you have any questions please call our dental office today at 908-509-4428!