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This year, why not start the new year off right by eating healthy? Did you know diet and nutrition can go hand-in-hand? According to the American Dental Association, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs of a poor diet show up in your oral cavity before they appear in other parts of your body. When you eat, the nutrients in your food are first broken down by your teeth as you chew and absorb the substances. This is important because eating well will help your oral health and your overall health as well.

Here are some foods that should be included into your life for a positive, healthy diet:

• Grains
• Fruits
• Vegetables
• Fat-free dairy foods
• Lean protein
• Drink lots of water

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 live in your mouth, increasing your risk for developing cavities and gum disease.

Having a healthy diet isn’t the only way to avoid tooth decay. Remembering to brush your teeth for at least two minutes a day, twice a day, will clean your teeth and keep cavities from forming. Flossing is the essential key when it comes to proper oral care. Flossing keeps cavities and plaque from building up where your toothbrush cannot reach.

If you have questions about your oral care, please call us today. Let us guide your smile back to being healthy and bright for new year.