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Good diet equals dental health
Updated: 1/13/2009 4:00:34 PM
 

Good diet equals dental health Late-night snackers, the dental care bell tolls for thee.

Certain foods eaten at certain times may do significant harm to one's teeth, especially if a person fails to administer dental care right after, BlackHillsPortal.com reports.

"It's not only what you eat but also when you eat that makes a difference in good dental health," Dr Joshua D Friedman told the news provider.

Foods high in sugar produce acid and can lead to an increased risk of developing a cavity, according to the article.

"When you don't clean your teeth after eating, the bacteria uses the sugar to produce acids that can destroy enamel, the hard surface of the tooth. The more often you eat and the longer the foods are in your mouth, the more damage occurs," said Friedman.

The dentist advises people to eat regular meals, since they do less harm to the teeth, and to avoid snacking throughout the day. However, those who may not have a toothbrush handy right after a meal or a snack can reach for a stick of sugar free gum as a form of quick dental care.

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