How to Eat Healthy and Protect Your Teeth

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At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we love teaching our patients that healthy food choices can contribute to your overall oral health. Whether you’re cooking for a holiday, eating lunch at home, or going to a restaurant, it’s important to think about the foods you consume and the impact they may have on your teeth. Choosing foods full of nutrients can help you avoid dental issues such as tooth decay, cavities, or gingivitis.

Healthy Snacks for a Healthy Mouth

To help you maintain healthy teeth, we’ve gathered some of our favorite snacks that are rich in nutrients and great for your dental health!

  • Dark leafy greens & veggies — Contain vitamins A, B2 & magnesium
  • Cheese, milk & yogurt — Contain calcium & help protect teeth from erosion
  • Pumpkin — Contains vitamins A & C, zinc, iron & helps promote a healthy immune system
  • Citrus Fruits — Contain vitamin C & help maintain healthy amount of collagen in gums

Negative Effects of Candy on Dental Health

While candy is delicious, it also contains a lot of sugar that can have negative effects on your teeth. Sugar is highly acidic and eats away at your tooth enamel. It can also cause an excess amount of plaque as well as bad breath. We all crave a sweet treat from time to time so have some candy, avoid ones that stick to your teeth (like caramel) or sit in your mouth for long periods of time (like lollipops). If you’re looking for something sweet AND good for you, try snacking on fresh fruit!

Routine Dental Care

While a balanced diet is important to your oral health, so is preventive dental care. We recommend you visit us for a routine dental exam, X-rays, and cleaning with our dental hygienists twice a year. If you attend regular dental visits, we’re able to catch any dental issues before they worsen. Eating healthy and staying on top of your dental check ups are a great way to have a happy, beautiful smile for years to come!

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