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A healthy smile begins with a nutrient-packed diet. When your smile is fed tooth-friendly along with strong oral hygiene habits, you will ensure healthier teeth as well as gums. At AV Dental Wellness Group, we promote focusing on a nutrient-packed diet for our patients in Lancaster, California, to ensure better oral health.

We discourage a diet of sugary, starchy foods that are devoid of necessary nutrients. In addition, these can also damage your teeth because of harmful acids produced, particularly when you are snacking throughout the day and not brushing your teeth afterward.

Such foods include pies, cakes, cookies, candies, dried fruits like raisins, chewing sugary gum, and starches such as chips, pretzels, and crackers. Your smile and your waistline will thank you if you avoid these or eat them with meals, if possible. Instead, choose to rely on the following foods to support your teeth and gums:

-Foods packed with calcium: milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, and kale.

-Foods packed with phosphorous: meat, milk, and fortified cereals.

-Foods packed with vitamin D: salmon, tuna, eggs, mushrooms, fortified milk and orange juice.

-Foods packed with protein: red meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk, yogurt, soy products, quinoa, sprouts, broccoli, kale, peas, and spinach.

The efforts you put into a healthy diet will create healthier teeth and gums. In combination with good oral hygiene habits, you will be actively creating the beautiful smile you deserve. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss daily and complement your daily efforts with professional dental cleanings every six months.

To schedule your next dental cleaning and exam in Lancaster, California, please call 661-942-1179 today. Our dentists, Dr. Bradford Boyd, Dr. Amanda Jenney, and Dr. Christy Lee look forward to helping you create a smile that will radiate confidence!