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Building your best smile includes being aware of the hazards posed by the things you eat and drink to your teeth and gums.

Be aware of the risks of constant snacking throughout the day. If you consume sticky or chewy sweets, the sugar can linger in your mouth long after consumption and contribute to the rise of tooth decay.

Always make sure to clean your mouth after eating or drinking. The sugar in products such as sports drinks, fruit juice, soda, potato chips, and other substances can easily be converted into harmful acids within your mouth by the bacteria present in plaque. You should brush your teeth thirty minutes after every meal. That gives your saliva time to neutralize the acids left over from your food. You can increase your saliva production by chewing sugarless gum. If you want to snack, you may want to consider crunchy fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. These foods will stimulate the production of saliva and clean your teeth at the same time.

For more information concerning dental damage risk factors or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Lindsey and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Palo Alto, California, by calling 650-327-3770. Chris E. Lindsey DDS and our team are here to help get you the smile you’ve always wanted!