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In January, New Year’s Resolutions often put a focus on positive lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a proper diet. We know that proper nutrition is important for energy and the functioning of our bodies, but have you ever stopped to consider how nutrition affects your mouth?

The best way to ensure you get enough nutrients for your oral health is to eat a balanced diet. This includes whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, vegetables, and fruits. It is also usually beneficial to lower your sugar and salt intake.

Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, are naturally low in sugar. Of course, there are high-sugar options such as chocolate milk or sweetened yogurt, but those are fairly easy to avoid. Choose low-fat, low-sugar options instead. Dairy snacks and meals give your body a boost in necessary nutrients such as calcium and protein.

When you need something sweet, as many of us do, choose a piece of fruit. Fruit contributes to mouth health. The fiber and water content present in the fruit help to balance out the sugar content, giving you a sweet treat without as much damage to your mouth. Crisp fruits, such as apples and pears, serve to scrape off plaque and debris from teeth.

For more information, call Trinity Dental Center in Anderson, South Carolina, at 864-642-4630. Dr. Robert Berkowitz and our team are happy to help you have a happy and healthy new year!