The key to a healthy smile is a healthy diet. Sugar found in most food can lead to plaque, a bacteria that builds up on your teeth. Plaque causes acid that deteriorates tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and cavities. Plaque build-up can also cause gum sensitivity, redness, and bleeding.
The good news is that you can fight plaque by consuming sugary and acidic foods in moderation. Regularly brushing your teeth, especially after eating sugary and acidic foods, is important in preventing plaque as well. Learning to read nutrition labels can help to identify foods with added sugar. Some foods with added sugar are bread, granola bars, pasta, cookies, candy, cake, gum, juices, and soda. Food with a high level of acidity, such as citrus fruits and yogurt, can also cause enamel damage. By making wise food choices and cleaning your teeth, you can keep your smile healthy and bright.