The foods and drinks you consume can have a huge impact on your teeth. Taking care of your diet is an easy way to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
1) Skip the Sugar
We know this is easier said than done. Sugar is a delicious comfort food. However, the intake of excessive sugar is harmful for our bodies, and our teeth. Sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth which can cause sensitivity and tooth decay.
It is also important to note that the frequency of sugar intake is the factor most related to it’s harmful effect on our teeth. This means that it is better to consume a whole chocolate bar at one go, rather than eating it throughout the day.
It is obvious that a chocolate bar has sugar, however, savoury processed products also consist of high levels of sugar such as; ketchup, BBQ sauce, granola, pasta sauces, canned baked beans. So always have a look at the list of ingredients of the foods you are purchasing!
2) The Benefits of Calcium and other Vitamins and Minerals
We all know that calcium is important for strong bones, but did you know it’s also important for strong teeth? Eating calcium-rich foods will help your teeth stay strong and protected. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, soy milk, and dark leafy greens.
Phosphorus and potassium also help the teeth, as well as vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also important to consume plenty of vitamin D- it helps your body absorb calcium so you can reap the most benefits.
3) Choose the Right Beverages
Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health — including oral health. Also, as a rule of thumb, one should drink water after every meal. This can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages.
Acidic drinks, such as fruit juices and soft drinks, can weaken your tooth enamel. Whilst certain drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine, can affect the colour of your teeth. Just like sugar, try to indulge in these drinks with moderation.
4) Oral Hygiene
Of course, oral hygiene habits are just as important for maintaining healthy teeth. You should brush your teeth for two minutes every morning and evening before bedtime, using a soft toothbrush with low pressure. You should also remember to clean interdentally by flossing or using interdental brushes.
Author: Dr Sarah Vella, General Dental Surgeon, practising at Drs Demajo Dental Clinic
Dr Vella performs general dentistry, mostly restorative and paediatrics, including sedation and general anaesthesia when required. Having a special interest in aesthetic dentistry, she has completed an Aesthetic and Restorative masterclass course at King's College London.