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Oral Health & Diet

Pinehurst NC Oral Health & DietProper oral hygiene is not the only key to good dental health. The right diet choices are just as important as regular brushing, flossing, and biannual trips to the dentist. In fact, healthy food decisions today can help protect your teeth from future cavities and gum disease.

One of the most notorious villains in the fight against tooth decay is sugar. Sugar and other foods high in starches cause sticky plaque to form, which begins to eat away the protective enamel coating of the tooth and leads to decay. Because so many foods and drinks in the average American’s diet today contain significant amounts of sugar, it is absolutely imperative to practice daily dental maintenance.

A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for long-term dental health as well. When your diet is low in certain nutrients, it becomes harder for the tissues of your mouth to resist infection, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease, the main cause of tooth loss in adults. Also, fluoridated water builds strong teeth from the inside out. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in fiber combined with proper oral hygiene will help keep your teeth and body healthy throughout your life, and healthy diet choices today will protect your teeth and gums from decay and disease tomorrow.

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