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Eating Right For Your Teeth

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"How can I fix this?... Let's talk about brushing... What did you just eat?..."

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EATING RIGHT FOR YOUR TEETH     

With Easter fast approaching and perhaps a little extra chocolate being indulged, it's a great time to remind you what foods are actually good for the health of your teeth.

By eating the right things, you can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Learn how to build healthier teeth and gums and consume the best diet for your teeth, with this quick list of foods.

Calcium

Drinking milk builds strong bones and teeth. A diet with the right amounts of calcium may prevent against tooth decay and has positive effects on your jawbone, keeping your teeth strong and at less risk for gum disease.

So how much calcium should you consume? Eating two to four servings a day is a good start to help keep your mouth healthy. But don't just think you have to drink four large glasses of milk to get enough, foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, fish, salmon, kale and broccoli can all contain a healthy dose of Calcium to keep your bones strong.

Fruits & Vegetables

Of course fruits and vegetables are good for your teeth. What you may not know is that they can act as a detergent, wiping away bacteria that can cause plaque, as well as increase the production of bacteria-neutralizing saliva, with all of that chewing. Grab an apple, pear, celery or carrots next time you're looking for a snack and you'll surely be making the right decision for your mouth.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a key player in repairing connective tissue and fighting off infections. Eating less than the recommended one piece of citrus fruit a day increases your chances of gingivitis, causing your gums to inflame, swell and bleed easily.  Packing an orange, grapefruit, tangerines or even a kiwi in your lunch, will help ensure you get enough Vitamin C.
Tea

Rumor has it that tea will actually stain your teeth. But, what we don't often hear is that black tea can suppress, or even destroy, the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque. What does that mean? Keep drinking your morning tea because it can actually help prevent both cavities and gum disease.

Water

Drinking eight glasses of water isn't only part of a good diet, but it may also help your teeth. Forget the bottled stuff though; drinking tap water will help prevent tooth decay because it contains fluoride. But drinking any water in general will help rinse away both bacteria and the remnants of food that turns into plaque.

With the extra chocolate being added to your diet over the next couple of days, we know we can't ask you to completely avoid it. While sugary snacks and soda are on the list of top foods to avoid, there are still things you should be doing to help your teeth when you do decide to treat yourself. It's important to brush and floss your teeth afterwards, or at least rinse your mouth with water. Brushing twice a day and visiting your dentist twice a year for check-ups is a sure way to make sure your teeth stay even healthier.

With that being said, we know everyone will be indulging this coming weekend. So enjoy it and have a very Happy Easter!

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