ASK DENTIST Dr. John S. Adams, DDS I used to get cavities a lot, but since I changed my diet a couple years ago I haven’t. Could the diet be why? Great observation! Yes, diet is a contributing factor to dental health. Most of us simply think of our food choices as affecting our weight and appearance. However, your teeth really show the difference that a healthy or unhealthy diet makes. Sugary and acidic foods can cause your teeth to decay more rapidly. When sodas, candies, coffee…etc become a regular staple in our daily diet, the acidity level in our mouth stays elevated and bacteria thrive. Healthy foods like leafy greens, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and fruits rich in vitamin C help improve your dental health. These foods (and drinking lots of water) can help heal your gums, improve your enamel, balance out your mouth’s acidity and some even help clean the surface of your teeth (such as spinach). Chewing xylitol gum after a meal also helps remove bacteria and restore balance in your mouth. The combination of a good, healthy diet with proper dental hygiene is a powerful one for keeping your teeth strong and healthy! Congratulations on improving your eating and noticing the benefits in the health of your teeth as well as your overall wellness! 573.783.4100 731 W. Main St

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