Nutrition and Oral Health
Carbonated beverages, fruit juice and acidic foods can harm teeth. Acid in our food can cause enamel to wear away.
Got a sweet tooth, but don’t want the cavity-causing sugar? Try using xylitol for the sweetener instead.
Parents can help children prevent tooth decay and cavities by monitoring their eating habits. Offer children healthy snack alternatives such as apples, bite-size carrots or other foods that are naturally sweet, and instruct children to avoid candies, chocolate, and other foods that contain refined sugar.
Apples and raisins are great snacks that can satisfy your sweet cravings without adding extra sugar.
Sugars in doughnuts have been identified as a risk factor for gum inflammation and cavities. The amount of sugar and cream in your coffee also can have a direct effect on the amount of cavity-causing bacteria.
You’re probably aware that diabetes can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body. What you may not know is that diabetics are more susceptible to developing oral infections and gum disease than those who do not have diabetes.
There’s a low-calorie sweetener called "xylitol". It has a sweet-as-sugar taste, and studies show that it may help reduce and prevent cavities.
Some foods invite tooth decay, but others can help combat plaque buildup and help build healthy teeth and gums. Learn which foods can help keep your smile bright.
While a vegetarian diet can have great overall health benefits, vegetarians need to be aware of how this lifestyle choice can affect their oral health. By eliminating certain food groups, vegetarians can risk missing out on some key nutrients that are essential for good oral health.
Countering a longstanding public perception that raisins promote cavities, a recent study suggests that compounds in the popular fruit snack may in fact fight tooth decay.
Eating on the run doesn’t have to mean paying less attention to what’s healthy. Keep your snacks and meals-on-the-go healthy with these tips.
Try tea! Hot or cold, tea has been shown in recent studies to be beneficial to your oral health.
Nutrition is important to oral health. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts strengthen immunity and help protect the teeth and gums.
With today’s lifestyles, adolescence is when soda and sugary, high-carbohydrate foods displace healthy foods such as milk, fruits and vegetables.As a result, a generation may be left with permanent damage to oral and overall health.
What do dentists give out at Halloween? Our survey gathers their best advice for Halloween treats and avoiding the scary tricks candy can play on teeth.
You may not be able to prevent your child from eating candy – but you can take active steps to prevent tooth decay and promote good nutrition all year long.
When it comes to cavities, not all candy is created equal. The chewier the candy, the more likely it is to stick around and cause cavities. Limit your children’s risk for cavities by limiting the amount of time their teeth are exposed to sticky, sugary or sour candy.
With crisp, fresh vegetables (for antioxidants and vitamin C) and calcium-rich yogurt or sour cream, this dish does double duty for healthy teeth.
Find some healthy, calcium-rich alternatives to drinking milk.