The food choices you make on a daily basis play an important role in not only your general health, but also the health of your teeth.
What’s helpful for your teeth?
- Calcium has long been known to be the building block for strong teeth. Dairy products, almonds and Brazil nuts as well as leafy greens, canned fish with bones and dried beans are all good sources of calcium. Cheese, in particular, can lower the acidic level in your mouth.
- High-fibre fruit and vegetables keep saliva flowing, which plays a protective role in your mouth. It’s also important to keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water.
- Black and green teas contain antioxidants that slow the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease and can also reduce plaque build-up.
What’s harmful for your teeth?
- Soft, sweet, sticky foods that are full of sugar and cling to your teeth, such as cakes and lollies should be avoided. Sugar feeds the bacteria that causes plaque which weakens tooth enamel and causes decay.
- Starchy foods such as crackers and potato crisps tend to get trapped in your teeth. If this is your snack of choice, take extra care when you floss to remove all the food particles that lead to plaque build-up.
- Citrus fruits are highly acidic and frequent exposure, such as adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to your water bottle can erode the enamel of your teeth over time.
- Carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices are loaded with sugar, phosphoric acid and citric acids that wear away tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
And the horrible?
- Hard lollies are not only full of sugar they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth leading to unnecessary repair work.
- Likewise, while ice is only water and contains no sugar, chewing it can cause your teeth to chip and crack – a painful experience that leaves your teeth vulnerable to bacteria.
- Grazing all day or snacking on the run also contributes to poor dental health because every time you eat, you are creating an environment for bacteria to grow.
- Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a dry mouth due to reduced saliva flow, which in turn leads to tooth decay and gum disease. It also increases your risk of mouth cancer.
- Choosing foods from the five major food groups will mean you are providing your body with the essential vitamins and minerals to help maintain strong and healthy teeth throughout your life.
In addition to brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups and cleans are vital to maintaining optimal oral health. Click here to view our dental services.
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