You probably may not be aware that a healthy diet can keep tooth decay at bay. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), what you consume can greatly determine the frequency of the occurrence of cavities and their progress. A balanced diet is recommended, which usually consists of vegetables and fruits, grains, protein and dairy.

Vegetables and fruits have a high concentration of fiber and water which aids in the stimulation of saliva which in turn wipes away the stagnant bacteria, food particles and food acids left in the mouth. Crunchy and firm foods, also known as detergent foods, like fruits and vegetables are especially of great advantage because of the their high water content. They are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and C. Vitamin C assists in the maintenance of healthy gums and healing wounds. Vitamin A, on the other hand, is a vital nutrient that helps in building tooth enamel.

If your diet lacks foods rich in phosphorus, calcium, and other nutrients, you need to alter it in order to incorporate foods such as dairy, poultry, meats and fish. Phosphorus and calcium in particular protects and rebuilds tooth enamel, and replaces minerals on tooth enamel that are naturally removed by acids.

If your diet revolves around too many sugary or hard foods, like chocolates, sodas and candies, limiting their intake will play a major role in preventing tooth decay and maintaining optimal oral health. These foods contain excess sugar, added colors and flavors and are loaded with empty calories that offer no nutritional value.

Another way you can keep tooth decay at bay is through consumption of water. Water not only hydrates your body but also cleans your mouth of any leftover food particles, acids and bacterial accumulation that can potentially damage the teeth later.

Add and subtract the abovementioned foods from your diet to steer clear of tooth decay.