We all want to take care of our bodies–and that includes your teeth! Here are some tips on the do’s and don’ts of a mouth-healthy diet.

Avoid Starchy/Sticky Foods: While the crunch of a potato chip or the sweetness of dried fruit are nearly irresistible, it is important to limit the amount of starchy and sticky foods in your diet. These starchy foods stick to your teeth and can get caught in the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The prolonged contact with simple carbs such as starch and sugar can be damaging to teeth.

Fruits and Veggies: Fruits and vegetables are an important part of an overall healthy diet, but they can be particularly helpful to teeth. Dark leafy greens are an excellent source of calcium. Crispy and crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, and raw veggies act as natural toothbrushes, scraping food particles and plaque away from teeth. Fruit is also a great way to get natural sweets into your diet, as the fiber in them balances out the sugar they contain. Avoid fruit juices, as they have high acid and sugar content and no fiber.

Water: Water is one of the most important components of a mouth-healthy diet. It helps wash away food particles that feed cavity-causing bacteria. It is one of the best ways to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy. Fluoridated water, available to 75% of the United States, is particularly useful for teeth, as the fluoride it provides strengthens teeth.

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