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At Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS in Falls Church, Virginia, we want to see you at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings to make sure that your teeth are as healthy as they can be. And of course, you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before bed. But did you know that one of the best things you can do to keep your smile bright is to eat a healthy diet?

Many of us know that we should avoid sugary snacks and drinks; but there’s more to good dental health than just avoiding certain things. What you eat and drink can boost your smile!

For starters, drink plenty of water. Keeping hydrated is always a good idea, and that includes your mouth as well. Water can wash away the acids that cause cavities. But keep in mind that many bottled waters don’t contain fluoride, so consider getting your next drink of H2O from the tap.

Dairy products like cheese and yogurt are low in sugar and high in protein and in the calcium needed to build strong teeth. Leafy green vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and folic acids. High phosphorus foods like meat, poultry fish, eggs and milk contain protein that can help your teeth. Nuts are low in carbohydrates, and stimulate saliva from chewing.

Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. Whole apples or apple slices and vegetables like carrots and celery are high in fiber and water content. They also act like natural toothbrushes, helping to remove food particles. These foods also increase saliva production which helps to clean your teeth.

Dr. Hauptman and Dr. Rowhani know that healthy teeth start from the inside out. Someone from our office would would love the chance to sit down with you and discuss how your diet and other parts of your lifestyle can give you a brighter, healthier smile. Call us today at 703-241-0666 for an examination or consultation.