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Did you know healthy foods and nutrition helps your oral health? When you eat, the nutrients in your food are first broken down by your teeth as you chew and absorbed the food. As a result, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs of your poor diet will show up in your oral cavity before it will appear in other parts of your body.

There are also foods that are harmful to your teeth and not just oral health, but overall health. Some of these foods include:

•Ice: Chewing ice is hard on your teeth’s enamel. The ice can break the outer layer of the tooth away, which can cause your tooth to break or chip.
•Sticky foods: Sticky foods are extremely dangerous to your teeth because the sugar stays on your teeth, which gives the sugar a higher chance at eating away your teeth.
•Sodas and sports drinks: In sodas and sports drinks alike, sugar is a top ingredient. Sugar will quickly decay your teeth. The constant exposure to the sugar in your drinks is extremely unhealthy to your smile.
•Hard candy: Hard candy keeps the sugar in your mouth and close to your teeth. The constant sugar in your teeth can cause cavities.

Having a healthy diet isn’t just about eating healthy foods; it’s also about remembering the important tips, like not snacking between meals. Since most snack foods consist of high sugar, they do more harm than good to your body and your teeth. When you snack, the bacteria from the foods stay in your mouth, increasing your risk for developing cavities and gum disease.

If you would like to learn more about oral nutrition, please talk to your dentist. Your dentist can address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your oral health. Don’t be afraid to call us today so we can give you a smile that’s healthy and beautiful inside and out.