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In order to keep your teeth healthy, you need to brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. However, you can still care for your teeth throughout the day by watching what you eat. It’s common knowledge that sugary foods can cause cavities, but a sugar-filled diet is just one way that you can damage your teeth.

Chewing on ice and other hard foods could cause your teeth to crack or chip. Sticky candy is a problem, but so are foods like dried fruit and some of the ingredients in trail mix. Those foods cling to your teeth longer than other food and contribute to tooth decay. If you enjoy sticky foods, you should brush your teeth half and hour after you eat. Tomatoes and citrus fruits are good for you, but they also contain acids that can damage your teeth, so have a glass of water with your meals, and make those foods part of a larger meal. Starchy foods not only cause tooth decay but they also can cling to your teeth for an extended period of time.

Drinking water not only hydrates your body, but helps cleanse your mouth of the bacteria and acids that lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Hard cheese contains calcium that will help build strong teeth, and because of the texture, the cheese will scrub your teeth as you eat. Leafy green vegetables will leave a film over your teeth than can protect them against stains and acids.

Of course, a balanced diet is not only good for your teeth, but for the rest of your body as well. If you have questions about your oral health, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Brian A. Moore at Moore Dental Services in Florence, Kentucky will be happy to see you. Call (859) 525-0507 to schedule an appointment.