What you eat is important to your dental health; and brushing twice a day isn’t enough to deal with a poor diet. Your teeth and bones need enough calcium to stay strong and healthy, for starters.
And if you are ill or have a chronic condition such as diabetes, your diet is even more important. Dental and gum infections can cause problems for your overall health. Keep an eye on what you’re eating and you’ll be caring for your dental health, too.
Foods that help your teeth
Everyone knows children need plenty of calcium for growing healthy bones and teeth, but it doesn’t stop when you’ve grown up. If you don’t like a lot of dairy products, you can get calcium from a range of plant sources (check vegan diets) or your doctor can advise on calcium supplements.
Don’t forget to add lots of vegetables and fruit to your daily meals, with complex carbohydrates to give you energy for longer. Be wary of too much takeaway with sweet and sticky sauces and dressings.
Treats are not for every day
It’s OK to enjoy a treat, but remember, it’s not a treat if you’re eating it every day. Those sweet and sticky snacks you grab with your morning coffee, or your afternoon chocolate hit, are not just giving you a boost, they’re also revitalising the bacteria in your mouth. This is bad news for your teeth, especially when they’re not going to be cleaned until before bedtime.
Try packing your lunch and adding in some healthy nibbles such as fresh carrot sticks, celery stalks, nuts and fruit. Make your own tea or coffee so you’re not tempted at the takeaway, and drink plenty of water. Your teeth will thank you, and so will your wallet.
Stop the stains
If you’re noticing your teeth look stained, it might be your daily coffee habit. Or those glasses of red with dinner. They can stain your teeth and if you’re having a whitening treatment, you’ll know you have to be wary.
Even if you drink milky white coffee, it can still stain and cause issues. Even without added sugars or syrups, if you have it after your breakfast tooth-cleaning session, it’s staying all day to encourage bacteria.