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As you probably know, there are some foods you should avoid if you’re interested in staying healthy. Similarly, you’ve probably been told that there are certain things you should stay away from if you would like to keep your teeth strong. However, what do you know about the foods and drinks you should try to keep in your diet?

Naturally, there are foods that you need to keep your smile healthy—specifically for the vitamins and minerals in them. For example, bananas, potatoes, avocados, and eggs can provide you with Vitamin B. A vitamin B deficiency can lead to bad breath, canker sores, and trouble swallowing. Similarly, you’ll need vitamin C or you could have trouble fighting off infections. Foods like carrots, peppers, strawberries, and kiwi are all good sources of vitamin C. You’ll also need vitamin D to keep your bones strong and healthy. To get vitamin D, try dairy products. Furthermore, drinking milk will actually help you fight against tooth decay.

However, there are others foods and drinks you should include in your diet. For instance, if you eat apples you’ll increase your saliva flow, which will keep bad bacteria out of your mouth. Similarly, sugar-free gum, celery, and crisp vegetables can increase saliva flow. Unsweetened tea can also fight off bacteria, though sugar can negate the benefit. Finally, remember to drink enough water. Water will wash bacteria from your mouth and keep your smile clean between brushing.

If you are interested in learning more about how your diet can affect your smile, please feel free to contact Northpointe Dental at 740-454-6644. Dr. Brian J. Waggle and our team look forward to hearing from you.