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Sensible & Healthy Eating Habits: Keys to Strong and Healthy Teeth

One of the common misconceptions about dental health is that it can only be obtained through brushing and flossing alone. But brushing habits alone won’t suffice. At the end of the day, your teeth, bones, and gums still need proper nutrition to become strong and healthy. Ideally you should eat a balanced and healthy meal.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine’s Dr. Courtney Chin, DDS, MPH, affirms that what we “eat or drink seriously affect [our] overall health, including [our] teeth and gums.” Accordingly, we need to eat a balanced diet, consisting of protein and carbohydrates (i.e., containing fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat). Snacks and short meals should also consist of healthy food choices.

However, there are certain kinds of carbohydrates-filled foods that we need to avoid to minimize the risk at tooth decay. Sugary and starchy foods may be delicious, but eating too much of it can cause cavities. Most processed foods that contain sugar, especially the gooey and sticky stuff, promotes tooth decay.

So should we give up on the sugary and starchy stuff? Not really. However, we should practice moderation when eating or drinking this stuff, serving them only at certain times to minimize consumption on these cavity-causing foods. For instance, you can indulge in chocolates as after-meal desserts.

It is wise to consult your dentist regarding your food choices. Have him help you in formulating your meal and snack plan. At most, he’ll likely tell you to put a lid on the sugary or starchy stuff and choose the healthy stuff instead.

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