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Fantastic foods make fantastic smiles. No matter how well you may brush and floss your teeth, various foods can do their damage the moment they hit your mouth. Knowing this, it is important to cut off the terrors at their source before they have a chance to do any damage.

The two biggest offenders are often sugars and carbohydrates. Various types of bacteria in our mouths can break down these ingredients into harmful acids capable of eating through tooth enamel. Loss of tooth enamel is the primary cause of cavities.

Protect your teeth from tooth decay by eating healthier foods such as:

– Sugarless gum is great for your teeth because studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for longer than twenty minutes can stimulate saliva flow, which can prevent cavities.

– Various foods that contain calcium and phosphorous can re-mineralize teeth and their protection of tooth enamel. These includes cheeses, meats (especially chicken), nuts, and milk.

– Crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, have been shown to have extra high water content, which can be beneficial for washing away acids and food particles, as well as increase the production of saliva.

– Always eat a variety of foods to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. Try to avoid between-meal snacking and food that are high in sugar.

To learn about more benefits to protect your teeth or gums, or to book an appointment with Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami, please contact our dentist office of SoCalSmiles Dental Office at 818-345-5286. We are located in Tarzana, California, and look forward to making your oral health fantastic for the entire year and many more years to come!