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Everyone seems to be on some kind of a diet or another these days. Most of the time, people diet because they need to lose weight. However, there are other reasons to be vigilant about your diet.

Your teeth is one of them.

If you don’t have a balanced diet, full of the right kinds of foods, you put your teeth at a major risk of infection and decay. A great diet is key to great tooth health. Dr. Swati Agarwal and the team at Swati Agarwal, DDS in San Francisco, California are committed to helping you have great oral health – and these diet tips accomplish just that.

Eating away enamel
If you have a diet that’s high in acidic foods – such as citrus fruits – then you’re doing a number on your enamel. That’s the hard outer layer of your teeth that protects the living bundle of nerves inside of your tooth. If that gets damaged, your tooth is at risk of severe infection and even death.

Acidic foods aren’t always bad, but they should be consumed in moderation to make sure that your oral health doesn’t suffer.

Building up plaque
If you eat a lot of foods high in sugar, you’ll end up with much more plaque buildup than others. Plaque is the rough layer of debris that forms on the surface of your teeth throughout a day. It’s easy to remove, thankfully, which is why we recommend brushing twice daily. But if you don’t remove it, the plaque will build up at a high rate, putting you at risk for gum disease and cavities.

Your diet has a direct impact on how healthy your mouth is. Without a good diet, it’s almost impossible to have good oral health. If you have any other questions, call us today at 415-362-5315.