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Planning Meals and Snacks Can Improve Your Dental Health

Eating a well-balanced diet can go a long way to improving your overall dental health. Select foods from all the major food groups such as vegetables, breads including cereals, fruits, milk and other dairy products, meat such as chicken and fish, and beans. Try not to get sucked into fad diets that avoid certain food groups all together because these usually result in a deficiency in important vitamins.Drink a lot of water. Keeping your mouth moist is very important because saliva protects oral tissue. If you are not able to get to water for a period of time and find your mouth getting dry, suck on some sugar free candy. This will stimulate saliva production.Keep in mind, foods that stick to your teeth will further promote tooth decay. When snacking, avoid soft sweet sticky foods such as candy, dried fruit, cake, etc. A good alternative could be, nuts, yogurt, raw veggies, cheese and again sugar free hard candies.Eating fermentable carbs like cookies and chips or crackers is okay but make sure to eat them with a meal instead of by themselves. Foods that are eaten together neutralize acids and reduce the risk of tooth decay. A simple example of this would be to eat cheese with your crackers and not just the crackers alone. Keep in mind as well that eating too much or too little of anything can be bad for your teeth as well as your overall health. Oral bacteria will develop every time you eat. The type of environment you create by what and how you eat is in your control.Our Carlsbad Dentist, Dr. William Neff can discuss how your diet may be affecting your dental health. Usually simple changes can make all the difference. Call now for an appointment 760-633-4488 or visit our website at loscochesdentistry.comHave a great day!

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