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A strong oral health routine includes brushing your teeth a minimum of two times per day. Ideally, you could brush about thirty minutes after lunch, but you may not have time in your workday, and not everyone keeps a toothbrush and toothpaste in their desk, locker or vehicle.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps keep your teeth clean during the day. A few additions to your lunch menu can help.

Add some dairy products to your lunch. Hard cheese contains calcium, which is helps to strengthen your tooth enamel, and it also  scrubs your teeth as you chew it. On top of that, cheese contains enzymes that can neutralize harmful bacteria in your mouth. A glass of milk or a little yogurt can also give you a helpful dose of calcium.

You can also enjoy fruits and vegetables which contain vitamins and minerals. Hard or “crunchy” fruits and vegetables have the added benefit of scrubbing your teeth as you eat.

If you have a sandwich, try making it with whole grain bread. It will reduce your sugar intake and make your lunch more nutritious. Lean meats, which are also low in sugar will provide you with protein.

If you are thinking about dessert, why not reach for a piece of sugarless gum? Chewing sugarless gum between meals stimulates the production of saliva. Saliva helps to wash away leftover food debris that can build up in your mouth and lead to tooth decay and bad breath.

Our dentist, Dr. Vincent Mayher can answer your questions about how your diet affects your dental health, and can also provide you with an your regular cleaning and exam. If you have questions or concerns about your teeth or mouth, feel free to contact us at Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD in Haddonfield, New Jersey, at 856-429-0404. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you.