Eating and drinking
foods and beverages that are good for you will help keep your body
healthy, including your teeth and gums. But, every time you eat or drink
something with sugar, the sugary acids attack your teeth for at least 20
minutes. Each bite or sip brings on another acid attack. Repeat attacks
can lead to cavities.
To keep your smile and body healthy, it's
recommended you eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups,
- Grains, such as
cereal, bread, rice and pasta.
- Dairy, such as
milk, yogurt and cheese.
Try to limit snacking between meals, and when
you do need a snack, avoid sugary snacks such as chips, candy and
cookies. Instead, choose nutritious snacks such as fruit, raw
vegetables, cheese, yogurt or other snacks that are low in sugar.
Stop the Pop!
often referred to as "liquid candy" and is extremely harmful to teeth.
Limit soda consumption whenever possible. For more information, visit
the Pop section.
It's important to brush and floss your teeth each day to remove build-up. Learn about proper brushing and flossing techniques.