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You’ve probably heard that there are several foods and drinks you should avoid. For instance, how many times have you heard that you should stay away from sugar and soda? Conversely, how many times have you been told about the foods you should eat?

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.

Would you like to learn more about the foods that are good for your smile? Do you have any questions about what your diet could be doing to your smile? Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Holly Krystek? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact Lifetime Dentistry at 563-263-9082 soon. We’re eager to hear from you!