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Dr. Robert Berkowitz and our team in Anderson, South Carolina, know that what we eat has direct ramifications on our oral health. Today we would like to share some tips for a tooth-healthy diet with you:

Do:

Eat lots of calcium-rich foods.  Calcium is vital for your oral health. Calcium can be found in milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products. Can’t have dairy? No problem. Choose other naturally calcium rich foods, such as beans or dark leafy greens. Or, choose healthy calcium-fortified foods such as tofu or orange juice.  Be careful with orange juice, as it has natural sugars and acids that can damage your teeth. OJ should be consumed in moderation.

Eat fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which helps balance out the natural sugars present in the food. Crunchy, water-filled fruits and veggies such as apples, pears, and celery also help teeth by scraping plaque and other food particles away from teeth. They also stimulate saliva production, which is the body’s natural defense against cavities.

Don’t:

Chew On Ice: Ice is for cooling off drinks, not for chewing! Ice can be very damaging to your tooth enamel, and frequently causes oral accidents such as chipped or cracked teeth.

Consume sugars and acids. Cavities occur when damaging bacteria use sugars to create acid that erodes the tooth enamel. This does not mean you should never eat sugar or drink juice ever again, but you do need to be careful. Drink plenty of water and clean your teeth well after eating.

For more mouth-healthy tips, contact our team at Trinity Dental Center at 864-642-4630. We look forward to helping your smile shine!