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Diet and Dental Health: Nutritional Tips to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

The foods you eat and beverages you drink impact your dental health more than almost any other factor. And you need to keep your teeth in working order if you’d like to continue enjoying foods of all kinds into your old age. If you’d like to have a bright smile (and the ability to chew), follow these suggestions for a diet that will keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

1. Calcium Is Your Friend- It’s a widely known fact (thanks to the milk industry) that calcium contributes to the health of your teeth and bones. Milk, calcium-fortified juices, and other dairy products like yogurt are high in this all-important mineral. Adults 19 and older should get between 1,000 and 2,000 mg of calcium a day. It keeps your teeth strong!

2. Crisp, Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables Can Clean Your Teeth– Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables (think carrots and apples) scrapes plaque off your teeth. It’s like a natural toothbrush! These foods also strengthen your gums if you’re biting directly into them, so if possible, opt for eating a whole apple over a sliced one.

3. Cheese Is Like Super-Calcium- Cheese, more than other dairy products, can protect your teeth. Its texture lets it mix with the plaque on your teeth and cling to their surface, acting as a shield against the acid that’s responsible for tooth decay. And having that calcium directly on the surface of your teeth means your enamel rebuilds very quickly…. Continue Reading >>>>