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Tips for Better Dental Health

  • To get a balanced diet, eat a variety of foods. Choose foods from each of the five major food groups:
    --breads, cereals and other grain products
    --fruits
    -- vegetables
    -- meat, poultry and fish
    -- milk, cheese and yogurt
  • Limit the number of snacks that you eat. Each time you eat food that contains sugars or starches, the teeth are attacked by acids for 20 minutes or more.
  • If you do snack, choose nutritious foods, such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, or a piece of fruit.
  • Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm. More saliva is released during a meal, which helps wash foods from the mouth and helps lessen the effects of acids.
  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur while they are easy to treat.

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