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Samuel E. Selcher, DMD

Providing More Than Beautiful Smiles

Samuel E. Selcher, DMD is a leading provider of dental services in the Middletown community. Our mission is to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile, and more, for years to come.

Foods to Eat and Avoid for Optimal Oral Health

Diet plays a significant role in oral health.  It influences everything from tooth strength to the risk of cavities and gum disease. Understanding which foods to eat and which to avoid can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a vibrant smile.

FoodsFoods rich in calcium and phosphorus help remineralize tooth enamel, protecting against decay. These include dairy products, nuts, and lean meats.  Crunchy fruits and vegetables, high in water and fiber, stimulate saliva flow, which cleanses the mouth and neutralizes the acids produced by bacteria.  Additionally, foods rich in vitamins C and A, like citrus fruits and leafy greens, support gum health and prevent gum disease.

Conversely, sugary foods and beverages are among the main culprits for tooth decay.  Sugar feeds the harmful bacteria in the mouth.  This leads to acid production that erodes enamel.  Sticky candies and dried fruits cling to teeth.  They pose a particularly high risk. Likewise, acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and soda also weaken enamel.  This kind of diet makes teeth more susceptible to decay.

To maintain optimal oral health, it’s essential to limit sugary and acidic foods, opting instead for a balanced diet that supports strong teeth and healthy gums. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene practices complement a tooth-friendly diet, ensuring your smile stays healthy for years to come.  At Middletown Dental, we advocate patient learning and work with our patients to ensure they preserve their smiles for a lifetime.

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