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Food Facts & Eating Recommendations for Healthy Teeth


  • Brush your teeth after every meal. If you cannot brush, at least rinse your mouth with water to remove some food debris. Chewing sugarless gum can also help.
  • Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque between teeth.
  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning, or more frequently if your dentist recommends it.


  • Limit the number of sugary foods you eat during the day. Dried fruits, cookies, and other foods that get stuck on or between teeth can be particularly devastating to enamel over time. Sticky sour candies are the worst offenders since they get stuck on teeth and are extremely acidic. Hard candies are also detrimental since they bathe your back teeth in sugars for prolonged periods of time and biting into one can cause broken or fractured teeth.
  • Limit your number of “eating episodes” during the day. If you nibble on something every 30 minutes, your mouth will always contain acid, and your enamel will be under constant attack.
  • Avoid sugary drinks, including sodas, fruit juices, overly-sweetened coffee or tea, and sports or energy drinks. Sugar-free diet beverages are also harmful to teeth because they often contain citric, malic, or phosphoric acids. If you must drink them, use a straw to bypass your teeth.

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