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Dentist: Diet is key to good oral health
Updated: 8/15/2008 10:00:37 AM

What and how often a person eats can be as important as brushing and flossing to maintain healthy teeth and gums, a dental professional claims.

Writing in the Noblesville Daily Times, dentist Mike M. Deldar explains that oral health relies on a varied diet of nutrient-rich foods.

On the other hand, foods that get stuck in the teeth, those that dissolve slowly, and those that contain sugar, starch or citric acids may lead to tooth decay, he warns.

Additionally, Deldar cites recent research that found frequent snacking - particularly on sugary foods - can be more damaging than combining these foods to be consumed in one meal.

"Sticky or starchy foods create less acid in your mouth when they are eaten as part of a meal because saliva production increases at mealtime," he says.

In addition to rinsing the teeth, saliva contributes to their remineralization so teeth are “more resistant to acid attacks," Deldar adds.

The American Dental Association recommends that people clean their teeth as soon as possible after eating a meal to help protect tooth enamel.
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