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Your Oral Health

Tooth Care

Your Diet

To feel right, it's important to eat right. That means a balanced diet full of foods that provide you, and your family, with the proper amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water.

If you don't, your teeth will suffer. The tissues in your mouth will have a harder time resisting infection. You'll be more susceptible to gum disease. Your children's oral health will be forever compromised -especially if they don't get the proper nutrients during the first three years of their lives.

Even if you eat right, your oral health could still be in danger. Most foods provide nourishment for bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria feed on sugar and turn it into acids that erode your teeth, which can lead to cavities. This doesn't mean you should eliminate sugar from your diet. Just use carbohydrates - sugars and cooked starches - wisely and in moderation.

Carbohydrates aren't the only decay-causing foods you need to be aware of. Here are some dos and don'ts for good dental health.

More Nutritional Musings

The National Dairy Council offers the following tips for keeping your – and your family's – gums healthy and your teeth cavity free:

Another Reason To Drink Your Milk

According to the Journal of Dental Research, adults who drink three servings of milk each day have lots to smile about. They're not only building strong bones, they're keeping their smiles healthy. Researchers found that adults (especially those ages 20-39) who were not meeting their calcium recommendations were at greater risk for developing gum disease than their milk-drinking counterparts. To keep your gums healthy, you should try to get at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day, the equivalent of at least three servings of milk or foods from the milk group.

Don't Forget That Toothbrush

While eating right is important, be sure to brush and floss daily, and use a fluoride toothpaste or rinse to keep your smile shining brightly.