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It’s the 21st Century and despite all the modern conveniences, we seem to be busier than ever. Small wonder then, that clean mouths and teeth might become an afterthought with everything else vying for our attention. That is especially true when we are at work or at school.

Nothing is better for cleaning your teeth than brushing and flossing them. And if you have time during the day you should consider brushing your teeth for no less than two minutes after lunch. But let’s face it, you can’t do that in every situation.

So here’s hoping you can brush during your day, But if not, here are some options to consider:

Try chewing sugarless gum. Doing so stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to wash away the bacteria and food particles that can lead to tooth decay.

Dairy products are rich in calcium, which is great for your teeth. Milk, cheese and yogurt are great sources of calcium. Not only that, the enzymes in cheese can neutralize the harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Fresh, raw fruits and vegetables that are low in sugar and acids, but high in vitamins and minerals are also a great menu choice for healthy teeth. Try substituting celery, carrots or apple slices for that candy bar.

Protein such as fish and chicken are also excellent choices.

Stick to water during the day. If you want a cup of coffee or tea to jumpstart your morning, try taking it without sugar.

Keep this in mind: a healthy diet is extremely important, but it is not a replacement for good oral hygiene. You should still brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss before bedtime. And see your dentist! Dr. Michael Sanders at Eagle Summit Dental Group in Eagle River, Alaska can give your teeth a thorough cleaning and examination and make suggestions about your diet and your oral health routine. Call us today at 907-694-8234 to make an appointment.