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Always protect your teeth and gums from the dangers of tooth decay if you want to maintain a healthy, confident smile. This includes watching what you eat! Your waistline counts on you eating the right foods, but so does your smile. If you are not careful, foods could increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

First, avoid overly sticky or chewy foods that tend to stick in between your teeth and gums. This includes gummy candies and other sugary sweets that often linger in your mouth long after consumption. The longer these food particles are in contact with your teeth, the greater the likelihood that damage can occur. It is also difficult to remove these particles with standard brushing techniques.

Next, try to avoid foods that are extremely tough in texture or hard as stone. Biting into things that are too hard can damage your teeth, and orthodontia if you are aligning your smile. If you feel any item is giving you problems when you chew, find a way to soften it before eating or avoid the item entirely. Broken and lost teeth are not worth the price. Overly hard products include hard candies, candy apples, popcorn kernels, and corn on the cob, as well as ice.

Taking excellent care of your pearly whites involves diligent oral hygiene habits, watching what you eat, and regular professional dental checkups and cleanings. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Celenza, Frank DDS, PC, please call our dental office in New York, New York at 212-327-2623 . Dr. Frank Celenza and the rest of our team look forward to helping you maintain your healthy smile!