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Most people are aware that a healthy diet can have tremendous effects on your overall health. However, less people are aware that a healthy diet can also have a tremendous effect on your oral health.

When you eat, the nutrients in your food are first broken down by your teeth as you chew and absorb the substances. According to the American Dental Association, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs of a poor diet show up in your oral cavity before they appear in other parts of your body.

Having a healthy diet isn’t just about eating healthy foods; it’s also about remembering the important tips, like not snacking between meals. Since most snack foods consist of high sugar, they do more harm than good to your body and your teeth. When you snack, the bacteria from the foods live in your mouth, increasing your risk for developing cavities and gum disease. The more foods you eat with high sugar, the more vulnerable you are to developing tooth decay and other dental issues.

If you have questions about a healthy diet, talk to your dentist. Your dentist can help you maintain positive oral health as well as answer any questions you have. Don’t be afraid to call us today so we can give you a smile that’s healthy inside and out.