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If you want a strong, healthy and top-notch smile as a teen, then you need to care for your teeth and gums regularly. Aside from keeping up on oral hygiene and attending your dental checkups, you should also have a smile-healthy diet. That’s right—there are foods and drinks that can harm and help your teeth and gums. Our dentists would like to help you have a smile-healthy diet by sharing the following nutrition tips with you:

You should eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible. This is because they have the nutrients your teeth and gums need to stay healthy and strong. They can even clean the plaque and harmful substances from your teeth when you eat them! You should also consume dairy products. Dairy products strengthen your bones, and because teeth are bones, the products can strengthen your teeth as well. Lastly, you should eat protein, like lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. These foods can also help you have strong and healthy teeth and gums.

When it comes to snacking, it’s best to avoid it. In fact, snacking throughout the day can harm the smile because it constantly exposes the teeth and gums to sugar, high carbohydrates and other harmful substances. If you do end up snacking, make sure to make it quick and to rinse your mouth with water and chew sugar-free gum after. This can wash your mouth from food particles and bacteria.

For more information and details about teen nutrition in Blaine, Minnesota, please contact Ling Family Dentistry when you have the opportunity. All you need to do is dial 763-784-1993 and our dental team will be happy to give you the answers and help you need. Dr. Michael Ling, Dr. Jodi Pope, Dr. Sarah Latterell, and Dr. Zachary Walgenbach look forward to your phone call!