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NUTRITION AND YOUR TEETH

Nutrition and Your Teeth

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It has been known forever that good nutrition and a well-balanced diet is one of the best defenses for your oral health. Providing your body with the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals helps your teeth and gums, as well as your immune system, remain strong and fend off infection, decay, and disease.

Harmful acids and bacteria in your mouth are left behind from eating foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. These include carbonated beverages, some kinds of fruit juices, and many kinds of starch foods like pasta and bread. While no links have been actually made between gum disease and a poor diet, nutrition problems (including obesity and overeating) can create oral conditions that make gum disease easier to contract.

Children's Nutrition, Teeth, and Gums

Good eating habits that begin in early childhood can help ensure a lifetime of good oral health. Children should eat foods rich in calcium and other vital of minerals, as well as a healthy balance of the essential food groups like vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and meat. Fluoride supplements may be helpful if you live in a community without fluoridated water, but consult with your dentist first.

Allowing your children to eat excessive amounts of junk food (starches and sugars), potato chips, cookies, crackers, soda,and sticky candy, places them at risk for serious oral health problems in the future. The carbonation found in soda, for example, can actually erode tooth enamel. Encourage your child to use a straw when drinking soda(and limit the amount) which will help keep some of the carbonated beverage away from the teeth.

Adult Nutrition and Teeth

There's no discounting the importance of continuing a healthy balanced diet throughout your adult life. Of course, good oral hygiene helps ensure that harmful bacteria and plaque (the sticky substance that coats your teeth during sleep and after meals) are effectively minimized. Adults also are encouraged to avoid eating "sticky" foods such as caramels, many candies, and dried fruits because they leave behind stubborn substances on teeth and only encourage needless plaque formation.

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