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Good nutrition plays an enormous role in the proper development and maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Eating the right kinds of foods allows the teeth to grow strong and remain healthy, without improper bacteria or decay. While most patients know it’s important to limit high-sugar drinks, a recent study has shown that they often don’t realize how important fruits and vegetables can be.

Examine the foods you regularly consume, from drinks like soda and fruit juices to everyday snacks. If these foods are high in sugar, your risk of tooth decay is much higher. Try to limit daily juice intake to six ounces at most. Also, remember that the longer those sugars stay on the teeth, the more time they have to cause damage. Sugar-free gum after a sugary meal can help flush away the sugar from your teeth. Encourage a diet that’s high in nutrition, filled with foods like vegetables and quality dairy products. Interestingly, a recent study shows something unexpected about the effects of dark chocolate on your oral health: by contrast to other sweets, dark chocolate actually cuts back on bacteria and plaque!

Foods that provide valuable nutrition and strengthen the teeth:

  • Vegetables, particularly dark, leafy ones like spinach, kale, broccoli, and bok choy
  • Dairy products like yogurt, milk, cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Dark chocolate

Foods that can contribute to cavities:

  • Soda/pop
  • Candy and sweets
  • Starchy foods like bread, crackers, pretzels

Q: How important is calcium for my teeth?
A: Not only does calcium help build and maintain strong teeth, but it also develops healthy bones and helps prevent osteoporosis. Calcium keeps gums healthy, encourages teeth to grow and develop, and even protects against tooth decay. It can be found in foods like milk and other dairy products, as well as in dark and leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and bok choy.

Restorations

Think of dental restorations as you would any other restoring process. Whether it involves cleaning a room, repainting walls, or refinishing furniture, a restoration aims to bring things back to their original quality. This is exactly the case with your teeth.

Dental restorations become necessary for a variety of reasons, not just because of caries. Other common causes include accidents or trauma, erosion of enamel from a highly acidic diet, toothbrush abrasion, congenital anomalies, and even cosmetic needs. Whatever the reason, dental restorations are very important for preventing further decay, as well as for improving both comfort and appearance for patients. Today, there are many types of restorations available, dependent upon your given needs.

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