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How can I make better food choices to prevent tooth decay?

To prevent tooth decay, avoid foods that are heavy in sugar and refined carbohydrates. These include sodas, candy bars, cakes, cookies and pastries. Fruit and vegetable juices like orange and carrot juice are often high in sugar and can contribute to tooth decay.

In general, aim for a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean proteins. And limit between-meal snacks.
One way to prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease is by eating a balanced diet and limiting the number of between-meal snacks. If you need a snack, choose nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or a piece of fruit. Also, visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

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