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To build a better dental profile, you need to make sure to focus on your diet and your oral hygiene routines to limit the plaque buildup in your mouth and to ensure that your mouth continues to stay clean and free of food debris. However, if you are continually eating unhealthy foods, you’re putting additional strain on your oral health. A good place to start is with improving your diet by adding healthy foods and eliminating unhealthy options.

Several substances in your diet can slowly damage your teeth and gums. Always look for healthy foods that will keep your smile safe, rather than ones that can tear down your tooth enamel. Be aware that several products may not seem acidic on the surface, including sugars and carbohydrates, can be converted into acids in your mouth that can eat through your tooth enamel.

One of the biggest risks to your smile in terms of your diet is plaque buildup. When harmful food debris and bacteria begin to collect in your mouth, they form a thin layer known as plaque. If plaque is left untreated, it can convert various substances in your diet into acids which chew through your tooth enamel and contribute to to tooth decay. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, along with regular dental visits can reduce plaque. Furthermore, there are foods that can help produce additional saliva to wash acids and food particles. Hard, crunchy fruits and vegetables have a high water content and are known for producing additional saliva.

Do you want to learn more about healthy and unhealthy food and drink options and their effect on your smile? If so, please call 703.494.4101 to schedule an appointment with Niles Dental at our dental office in Woodbridge, Virginia. Dr. Raymond R. Niles and our expert team want to thank you for visiting with a smile!