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Beware of harmful treats that seek to damage your teeth. Bad bacteria can convert sugars and carbohydrates from foods into harmful acids in our mouths. These acids are capable of eating through tooth enamel, causing cavities to form.

Don’t let a bad diet ruin your smile. Here are some healthy alternatives to junk foods to help keep your oral health care optimum:

– Sugarless gum is great for your teeth because studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for longer than twenty minutes can stimulate saliva flow, which can prevent cavities.

– Various foods that contain calcium and phosphorous can re-mineralize teeth and their protection of tooth enamel. These includes cheeses, meats (especially chicken), nuts, and milk.

– Crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, have been shown to have extra high water content, which can be beneficial for washing away acids and food particles, as well as increase the production of saliva.

– Always eat a variety of foods to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. Try to avoid between-meal snacking and foods that are high in sugar.

To learn about more benefits to protect your teeth or gums, or to book an appointment with Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi, please contact the office of Southern Marin Dental at 415-578-5879. We are located in Mill Valley, California, and look forward to making your oral health fantastic for the entire year and many more to come!