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Have you ever thought about your diet and how it is affecting the health of your teeth and gums? Not only can a poor diet lead to tooth decay and cavities, but it can also cause immediate dental damage and lead to oral accidents and injuries, and in some cases even knock teeth out completely. Because of all the risks associated with your diet, you may need to assess any potential problems that you may have and eliminate foods and snacks that can damage your teeth and gums.

The first thing you can do is to think about various products that may need to be eliminated from your diet. Not only should you be extremely wary of hard foods and snacks that can easily chip and crack teeth, be aware of those substances that are sticky and chewy and can easily end up lodged between your teeth. Furthermore, eliminate products that are high in sour ingredients, sugars and starches as they can all be converted into acids in your mouth that can chew through your tooth enamel.

As an alternative to unhealthy substances that can damage your smile, think about nutritious snacks that can remineralize your teeth. Various products that are high in the minerals calcium and phosphorus have been shown to help strengthen and repair your tooth enamel. Everything from nuts and chicken as well as cheeses are high in calcium and phosphorus and can help keep your smile safe from the risks of enamel damage.

For any further questions or concerns about your diet and its effect on your oral health, Jacob S. Miller, DDS is here to help. For an oral health exam, we can offer a comprehensive diagnosis from Dr. Jacob Miller and our team at our dental office in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To schedule an appointment, call us at 616-364-7039.