As well as booking in for regular check-ups with your dentist and maintaining a healthy oral care routine at home, what you put into your mouth impacts on the state of your gums, teeth and overall dental health.
Healthy Food Choices
Your food and drink choices immediately and directly impact on oral health as they come into contact with the insides of your mouth. Acidic foods such as orange juice, as well as sugary foods and drinks, such as lollies and soft drinks, introduce particles that attack tooth enamel. Furthermore, sticky foods such as fruit sticks and muesli bars often linger in the mouth long after you’ve finished eating, extending the timeframe in which plaque and bacteria can build up and erosion of enamel can occur.
Some foods however are good for your teeth. The high water content in some fruits and vegetables help to promote saliva production, which aids in natural decay defence. If you can’t brush your teeth immediately after eating, even rinsing with water can help to remove or loosen food particles that may be lodged in your mouth.
Nourishing Teeth From the Inside Out
Calcium in particular promotes strong and healthy teeth and bones. It can be found in many sources, including dairy products, nuts and lean meats. Vitamins A, C and D are also great for your teeth, which you’ll find in eggs, fatty fish, organic meats, fruits and vegetables.
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First published: 06 November 2014