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Monday, June 18th, 2018

Healthy Diet for Dental Health

To prevent cavities and maintain good dental health, your diet – what you eat and how often you eat is important. Changes in your mouth start the minute you eat certain foods.  Bacteria in the mouth convert the food you eat to acids, and it is the acids that attack the enamel on the teeth.

Here are some tips for a healthy diet for teeth:

  • Eat sugary foods less often, mainly those of a sticky or chewable nature.  Remember dried fruits can provide sugar and a sticky surface on teeth too.
  • Limit snacking of any foods to reduce the time your teeth are exposed to a bacteria-friendly environment.


  • Choose raw vegetables, crunchy fruits, whole meal bread, unsweetened yogurt or cheese as snacks.
  • Poor choices of snacks include candy, mints, cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, and raisins.
  • Avoid sugary or acidic drinks such as soft drinks and lemonade.  Water or milk are the best options.  Drinking through a straw also minimizes contact with teeth.
  • Ending a meal with milk or cheese will help to neutralize the acid.
  • Don’t have anything but water after you have brushed your teeth at night.  Less saliva is produced at night.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal can help to remove food particles and produce saliva which neutralizes the acid.

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All Kids School-Based Dental Program
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Peoria, Illinois 61604
Phone: 309-339-9217

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