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Mouth health is about more than oral hygiene. It’s also about how you fuel your smile. The food you consume has a direct impact on how well your mouth performs. Here’s some important information to know to develop a tooth-healthy diet.

Foods to Avoid: If you can describe your food as sticky, starchy, sugary, or acidic, limit your intake. You can still eat them sometimes. Just be smart about it. Sticky and starchy foods tend to cling to teeth, causing decay. Sugary foods feed bacteria that cause cavities. Acidic foods wear away your enamel. Counteract these dangers by drinking a lot of water or chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating to stimulate saliva flow. Acidic foods make your teeth more sensitive to abrasion, so please wait 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth.

Food to Eat: Lean meats and other proteins, whole wheat and grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products are a good choice for your mouth and the rest of your body. Not only are they delectable, but they provide vitamins and other nutrients that your teeth need to stay healthy. Pay special attention to foods that are rich in calcium and phosphorous, like cheese and yogurt.

For more information, just give Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS a ring at 703-241-0666. If you are in the Falls Church, Virginia area, you can call Dr. Ronald Hauptman & Bahar Rowhani and our team to set up an appointment today!