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Are you aware that your diet can play a significant role in your oral health? Knowing what to eat can be the difference of a healthy smile and one overcome with cavities and other oral ailments. Your diet can improve your oral health, so make healthy food choices.

Eating healthy is not always possible so take the necessary steps to defend your smile against all substances. One of the best natural defenses your mouth uses is via tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is a natural layer on your teeth that keeps your teeth safe from infections and disease. However, enamel can be worn down via a multitude of means, including oral injuries and harmful acids. Fortunately, minerals such as calcium and phosphorus have been shown to help keep your enamel safe and strong so your teeth can continue to serve you well for many years to come. This includes foods such as chicken, milk, nuts, and most types of healthy cheeses.

If you do eat poorly, look for ways to increase your saliva production. Saliva is essential for keeping your mouth clean and clear of harmful acids that lead to dental erosion. Saliva can counterbalance harmful acids in your mouth and assist in washing them away. Crunchy foods with a large water content, including apples and pears, can help increase the production of saliva and assist in washing away harmful debris. Chewing sugarless gum has also been proven helpful in its ability to spur on saliva production.

For any additional questions or concerns about a healthy diet and its relationship to your smile, Periodontal and Implant Esthetics is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Gustavo Ruiz and our team at our office in Tampa, Florida, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 813-289-3640. Our wonderful staff is here to help you get the smile you want.