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Feeding your smile the nutrition it needs to thrive will help you achieve the smile you want. Supplying your teeth and gums with the nutrients they need, coupled with a strong daily oral hygiene routine, will ensure healthier teeth and gums. At the dental office of Drew Hines, DMD, we recommend a nutritious diet for our patients in Charlotte, North Carolina, to provide strong oral health.

To protect your teeth from being exposed to the acids derived from sugary, starchy foods which damage teeth the longer they are in the mouth, you will want to avoid: candies, pies, cakes, cookies, dried fruits such as raisins, sugary chewing gum, and starches such as chips, crackers, and breadsticks.

Instead, focus on consuming the following tooth-friendly foods:

-Calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, and kale.

-Phosphorous-rich foods such as meat, milk, and fortified cereals.

-Vitamin D-rich foods such as salmon, tuna, eggs, mushrooms, and fortified milk and orange juice.

-Protein-rich foods such as lean red meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk, yogurt, quinoa, soy products, sprouts, peas, kale, spinach, and broccoli.

Your daily diet, when combined with daily oral care, will go a long way to promoting healthy teeth and gums which are key to a healthy smile. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once to support your smile health. And finally, supplement your daily efforts with six-month professional dental cleanings.

To schedule your next dental cleaning and checkup in Charlotte, North Carolina, please call 704-366-3526 today. Dr. Drew Hines and our entire team look forward to helping you create a smile you can be proud of!