Consider these healthful dietary choices and habits to help eradication of cavity-causing bacteria attacks and keep mouths, gums and teeth healthy.
- Vitamin C and folic acid help protect gums from cell damage and bacterial infections.. Spinach, beans (except green beans), peas and lentils are good food sources of folic acid.
- Calcium and vitamin D may decrease the risk for tooth loss. Dairy products, cheese, fruits, vegetables, fish and tofu are rich sources of dietary calcium.
- Drinking too many carbonated soft drinks can hasten erosion of tooth enamel surfaces. Sipping through a straw helps keep potentially damaging acids away from teeth.
- Consuming carbohydrate-rich foods as part of a balanced meal is better than eating them alone. The body produces more saliva to digest larger meals, which washes away more food and helps neutralize harmful acids before they can attack teeth.