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Hello, I am Dr. Marc Beshar of Marc J. Beshar, DMD in Manhattan. Today’s blog topic is ‘How Your Diet Affects Your Smile.’

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Manhattan cosmetic dental practice for cleanings, but did you know that making small changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Manhattan residents are aware that sugar found in candy, cookies, and sodas can harm your teeth, but some Manhattan people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Marc J. Beshar, DMD, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another way Manhattan folks can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and gum disease for Manhattan folks, however, a few changes in eating habits can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at Marc J. Beshar, DMD are accepting new general and cosmetic dental patients in the Manhattan area. I encourage you to call 212-753-2240 today to schedule a dental exam and cleaning.

Marc J. Beshar, DMD offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including dental crowns, dental implants, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. For more information, call today to schedule an appointment or visit

Dr. Marc Beshar
Marc J. Beshar, DMD
25 Central Park W, #1C
New York City, New York 10023