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Nutritional CounselingMiami, FL

“Don’t eat sugar” is just the beginning of understanding what to eat to keep your teeth. Understanding the quality of foods, their consistency, nutritional composition, and the manner in which they are eaten can affect oral health and the risk-tolerance of developing tooth decay. It is well known that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts may improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, thus helping protect the teeth and gums.

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    What to eat and do to fight bacteria in the mouth:

  • Calcium-rich juices, milk, and other dairy products rich in calcium and vitamin D
  • Cheese (rich in calcium)
  • Apples, celery, and carrots assist in removing plaque from teeth and in promoting fresh breath
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables that promote healthy gums
  • Fresh cranberries help reduce plaque formation
  • Folic Acid found in green leafy vegetables promotes oral health and cell growth
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks
  • Chew sugarless gum
  • Xylitol containing gum helps fight plaque

  • When and how to eat is just as important:

    Avoid eating foods that take a long time to chew or that you hold in your mouth too long. These tend to hold sugar against your teeth for an extended period.

    Eat sugary or acidic foods alongside regular meals instead of as snacks. As the body produces more saliva to digest larger meals, it will also help wash away those sugars and acids before they are allowed to attack your teeth.