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You’ve probably heard that there are several foods and drinks you should avoid. For instance, how many times have you heard that you should stay away from sugar and soda? Conversely, how many times have you been told about the foods you should eat?

Of course, it is important to avoid unhealthy foods if you’re interested in keeping your smile healthy. However, it is also extremely important that you get enough minerals in your diet. In fact, if you don’t, you could have to deal with problems caused by deficiencies. For example, bananas, potatoes, avocados, and eggs can provide you with Vitamin B. A vitamin B deficiency can lead to bad breath, canker sores, and trouble swallowing. Similarly, you’ll need vitamin C or you could have trouble fighting off infections. Foods like carrots, peppers, strawberries, and kiwi are all good sources of vitamin C. You’ll also need vitamin D to keep your bones strong and healthy. To get vitamin D, try dairy products. Furthermore, drinking milk will actually help you fight against tooth decay.

However, there are others foods and drinks you should include in your diet. For instance, if you eat apples you’ll increase your saliva flow, which will keep bad bacteria out of your mouth. Similarly, sugar-free gum, celery, and crisp vegetables can increase saliva flow. Unsweetened tea can also fight off bacteria, though sugar can negate the benefit. Finally, remember to drink enough water. Water will wash bacteria from your mouth and keep your smile clean between brushing.

To learn more about what you can do to diet with your teeth in mind—or to learn more about how you can care for your teeth—please feel free to contact San Tomas Signature Smiles at 408-378-2890 . Dr. Moradi, Dr. Shahkarami, and our team look forward to hearing from you.