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Dieting With Dental Considerations

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Sugar-laden foods that cling to your teeth can wreak havoc on dental health because they lead to tooth decay. The foods you need to avoid are sticky, sweet and chewy foods; things like candy, cakes and muffins.

Another problem can occur when you reach for crackers or chips at snack time. Bacteria in the mouth use simple carbohydrates for food, which can increase the risk for cavities. One way to help is to neutralize the acid: add cheese to your crackers for a healthier smile.

Carbonated drinks such as soda are often high in sugar, which can coat the teeth and lead to tooth decay. If you think diet sodas are better, you are incorrect. They are not dental friendly because they contain their own kind of acid, which can also weaken teeth enamel.

Cavities can form when enamel breaks down. If you do drink soda, try to limit your exposure. Have a soda with a meal but don’t sip it throughout the day.

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