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March is National Nutrition Month and, in honor of this, the California Dental Association (CDA) is stressing the importance of having a proper diet to maintain oral health. According to the organization, children and adults are both consuming too many sugary drinks and snacks that may be damaging to their dental health and their overall well-being.
"Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet plays an integral role in dental health as well as overall health," said pediatric dentist and CDA president-elect Lindsey Robinson, D.D.S. "Your eating patterns and food choices are key factors in the development of tooth decay."
The CDA suggests that people try to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and fewer foods with sugar or salt. Also, it's important to drink pleanty of water to promote saliva production and wash away leftover bits of food that can get stuck in the teeth.
The organization also reminds individuals that they should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly and visiting the dentist twice a year.
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