Foods to Make Over Your Smile

Find out which foods to eat to keep your mouth and smile healthy.

ByABC News via logo
September 28, 2010, 10:38 AM

Sept. 28, 2010— -- A healthful diet can actually improve the health and appearance of your teeth to better showcase your smile.

Equally important to what you do eat is what you don't. Avoid sugary foods and drinks that stick to the crevices of your teeth. Bacteria feed off the sugars and releases acids that cause cavities.

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More Oral Hygiene Tips:

1. Maintain good oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day to get rid of the food debris and plaque that often lead to cavities and bad breath. Flossing is also a must. Toothbrushes cannot remove bacteria that gets trapped under your gums. Also, be sure to get your teeth cleaned by a dentist twice a year.

2. Treat existing oral diseases.

3. Clean your tongue while brushing your teeth.

4. Switch from coffee to tea.

5. Chew sugarless gum.

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