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An often-overlooked stage of oral health care is what food and drinks we consume in the course of a day. Not only can the foods we eat affect our teeth and gums, but the time at which we eat them can also play a part. Make sure that you are choosing nutritious foods that don’t stick to the gums or hard foods that can crack teeth. Also, be sure to keep your diet within a normal range of sugars ingested, as sugars can be converted to harmful acids in our mouths capable of chewing through tooth enamel.

Some foods contain healthy minerals that can strengthen the health of your teeth and gums. Foods high in calcium and phosphorous are great for the creation of tooth enamel and building strong teeth. This includes delightful treats like most types of nuts, healthy meats such as chicken, and dairy products such as milk and cheese.

Some foods are beneficial for washing your mouth. Crunchy and watery foods such as apples and pears are amazing options for keeping your teeth clean.

Eating habits are just as critical as what you eat. Eat a wide range of foods for a healthy diet full of nutritious vitamins and minerals, and avoid snacks and treats that are high in sugar.

For a more comprehensive plan for your eating diet, come see Dr. J. Scott Thompson, DMD at Scott Thompson, DMD for an oral examination. Our dentist office sits in lovely Essex Junction, Vermont, and we can be reached via phone at 802-879-7811. A healthy diet can promise an even healthier smile, so come in and work on yours today!