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A Balanced Diet

 

Think before you eat and drink

 

It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health.
Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician's advice in mind when choosing foods.

 

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
Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese.
Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal.
Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.
For good dental health, always remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly.
With regular dental care, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.

 

 

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Healthy living for healthy teeth and gums

Ice is for chilling, not chewing

 

You’d be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth.
It’s made of water, after all, and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives, but chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel.
Advice:Break the habit and enjoy water in its liquid form.

 

Not all coffee is good for you

 

In their natural form, coffee and tea can be healthy beverage choices. Unfortunately too many people can’t resist adding sugar.
Caffeinated coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth.
Frequent drinks of coffee and tea may also stain your teeth.
If you do consume, make sure to drink plenty of water and try to keep the add-ons to a minimum.

 

Beware of things that go "crunch"

 

Who doesn’t love the nice, satisfying crunch of a potato chip?
Unfortunately potato chips are filled with starch, which tends to get trapped in your teeth.
If you choose to indulge in snacks like these, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up.

 

Limit alcohol consumption

 

Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth.
People who drink excessively may find their saliva flow is reduced over time, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections such as gum disease.
Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for mouth cancer.

 

Watch out for sports drinks

 

They sound healthy, but sugar is a top ingredient for many sports and energy drinks.
Sports drinks can be helpful for young athletes engaged in prolonged, vigorous physical activities, but unnecessary in most cases.
Before your next sip, check the label to make sure your drink of choice is low in sugar or drink water.

Avoid hard candies

 

While these hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth.
Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth.
Better alternative? Chew sugarless gum.

 

 Watch your citrus intake

 

The truth is that frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.
So even though a a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it's not always the best choice for your mouth.
Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores.
Make sure to drink plenty of plain water.

 

Sticky foods are your mouth's worst nightmare

 

When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list.
Many dried fruits are sticky. Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food.
If you find yourself eating dried fruits or trail mix often, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully.

 

Swap out soda with water

 

When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel, the hard surface of your tooth.
Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet soda, are acidic and therefore, bad for your teeth.
Caffeinated beverages, such as colas can also dry out your mouth.
If you do consume soft drinks, try to drink alongside a cup of water.

 

 

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