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You can prevent tooth decay and gum disease by changing or improving your diet. Sugary snacks may taste good, but they are not good for your teeth or your body. Starchy snacks, like crackers and cookies, break down into sugars once they are in your mouth.

When plaque on your teeth is mixed with these sugars, it turns into an acid that can dissolve your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Gooey or chewy sweets can do even more damage, as they stick to your teeth, giving the plaque more time to form the acid.

These acids affect your teeth for at least 20 minutes after you eat, which is why it is so important that you floss and brush your teeth after every meal and try not to snack. It is better for your teeth and your overall health.

Poor nutrition can affect your entire immune system, putting you at higher risk for gum disease. Drinking plenty of water is also good for your oral health, as it keeps your mouth moist, and saliva protects both hard and soft oral tissues.

Talk to Dr. Geare about what you can do to improve your oral health through dietary changes.