When you think about ways to keep your teeth healthy and strong, the first thing that comes to mind is probably brushing your teeth twice a day. However, aside from your oral hygiene routine, what you eat and drink plays a major role in the health of your teeth and mouth.
To ensure your dental health is in the best condition, it’s vital to maintain a healthy diet that provides the vitamins and nutrients your teeth need. Here are our top tips for keeping on track with your oral health by eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Consume enough calcium
Having enough calcium in your diet is an important factor for good dental health. Aside from strengthening the teeth, calcium also repairs damaged enamel. You can find calcium in dairy products such as milk and cheese, as well as in certain plant-based foods.
If you don’t think you’re getting enough calcium in your regular diet, you can talk to your doctor about calcium supplements to ensure you’re getting the right amount of this important mineral.
Eat a balanced, healthy diet
Making sure your diet includes plenty of vegetables and fruit will help to provide the vitamins and nutrients you need for healthy teeth. You should also aim to eat complex carbohydrates, which include foods such as grain bread. These type of carbohydrates release energy more slowly, which keeps you fuller for longer - meaning you’re less likely to reach for the snack jar.
Aside from the food you eat, you should also aim to drink plenty of water. Drinking water helps to keep your mouth hydrated, as well as washing away bacteria and acids to prevent these from building up on your teeth.
Don’t forget healthy fats
Did you know that not all fats are bad for you? Foods such as salmon and oily fish like sardines contain ‘good fats’ that are great for your teeth, as well as being naturally rich in teeth-friendly vitamin D.
Limit your sweet treats
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you give up your favourite sweet snacks altogether, but keeping those sugary treats to a minimum will help reduce oral health problems such as tooth decay.
It’s also important to be aware that certain sweets can be worse for your teeth than others. For example, chewy lollies that stick to the teeth’s surface will keep them covered in sugar for longer.
Swap your snacks
If you find your sweet tooth cravings are kicking in a little too often, you might find it useful to swap your usual sugary treats for healthier, more teeth-friendly options. Try chopping up some crunchy veg like carrots and celery, or opting for some healthy but delicious nibbles such as nuts or crackers - perfect for afternoon snack attacks!
Cut back on ‘teeth stainers’
Certain foods and drinks can result in the staining or discolouring of your teeth, so it’s best to reduce your intake to avoid a yellow-looking smile. This includes beverages such as tea, coffee, and red wine, as well as coloured food like red pasta sauce, curry powder, balsamic vinegar, coloured lollies, and berries. Rinsing your mouth with water after drinking liquids such as tea, coffee, and red wine can help to minimise discolouration.
If you’ve already noticed some discolouration of your teeth and are keen to whiten your smile, talk to your North Shore Dentistry practitioner about our fast, safe, and convenient teeth whitening options.
Of course, as well as eating a healthy diet full of teeth-friendly food and drink, it’s also crucial that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and keeping up to date with your 6-monthly dental check-ups. If you need to book in a check-up with your North Shore Dentistry practitioner, contact us today.
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