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We all want to take care of our smiles, and that starts with what we eat. To make it easier, here are some clear-cut do’s and don’ts.

Don’t:

Brush Immediately After Eating:  It may seem counterintuitive, but brushing immediately after eating can cause damage to your enamel. Teeth are very sensitive to abrasions right after eating. Wait about 20 minutes before brushing or flossing; this is especially important after eating acidic foods. Try chewing sugar-free gum during that time to help fight cavities while you wait.

Chew On Ice: Ice is for cooling off drinks, not for eating! Chewing ice can be very damaging to your tooth enamel, and commonly causes oral accidents such as chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.

Do:

Eat fruits and veggies. Crunchy, water-filled fruits and vegetables (such as apples, pears, or celery) fight cavities by scraping plaque and food particles away from teeth. They also stimulate extra saliva production, which is the body’s first defense against cavities.

Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production, washing away food particles and coating the mouth with health nutrients and bacteria-fighting substances. Of course, sugared gum also stimulates saliva production, but the sugars present in the gum feed cavity-causing bacteria. Stick with sugar-free gum for effective cavity-fighting.

For more mouth-healthy tips, contact our team at Jupina Dental in Hayward, California. We can be reached at 510.783.1414. We look forward to helping your smile shine!