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What are the best foods for your teeth?

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You may have noticed that at each visit to our office we make it a point to discuss diet and recommend healthy choices.  Prevention of dental disease helps create positive visits to the dentist and long term oral health.

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With Halloween about to arrive, let’s enjoy our holiday.  Everyone should have the chance to celebrate a special day with dressing up and trick or treating.   But over the rest of the year, let’s all try to make healthy choices to keep the sugar bugs away.  And don’t forget, if you have excess candy after Halloween that you would like to give to a good cause, we’ll be donating it to our troops at http://www.newtonpediatricdentistry.com/newton-pediatric-dentistry/halloween-candy-buy-back/

So, what are those foods that are good for your teeth?  The ADA has provided some simple pictures and descriptions to help you decide.  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition

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Fruits and veggies pack an extra punch

Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth. Chewing also helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.

 

 

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Nourishing nuts

Nuts contain protein which help strengthen and protect your teeth. Also, chewing helps to stimulate saliva production, which naturally cleans your mouth. Remember: Not only is a balanced, nutritious diet essential to healthy living, your eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. You may eat with your eyes first, but your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating.

 

 

 

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Water rules

Water, especially fluoridated water, is the best beverage for maintaining your oral health. That’s because fluoride helps to make teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that can cause cavities. As of 2012, nearly 75 percent of the U.S. population had access to fluoridated water, so s drinking water from your own kitchen sink can help prevent dental problems.

 

 

 

 

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If you can, choose dairy

Milk, and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, are low in sugar, which is a good thing for your dental health. Plus, they contain protein and are full of calcium, which can help to strengthen your teeth.

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Lean proteins for the win

Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs help to strengthen your teeth and contain valuable protein. These foods also help protect and rebuild your tooth enamel.

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