Many people think that getting fillings and losing teeth is inevitable, but you can help avoid tooth decay and gum disease with the right food.
Naturally, brushing your teeth regularly and flossing will help prevent decay. Plaque buildup can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel, painful toothache, plus gum disease.
Nobody wants to get toothache, and by eating and drinking the right things and avoiding the wrong things, you should be able to avoid the pain that comes with decaying teeth.
The chewing action alone increases the amount of saliva produced. Saliva contains enzymes which help break down food particles that get trapped between the teeth.
Food particles which aren’t removed can initially lead to bad breath, but more important can cause bacteria to multiply, leading to tooth decay.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are often the result of a buildup of plaque. You can help avoid these irritating and often painful conditions by removing plaque, so it doesn’t have a chance to build up on your teeth and gums.
A dental hygienist can remove plaque whilst cleaning your teeth. You could use a good toothbrush, dental floss, and a mouthwash.
What Food Is Good For Your Teeth?
- Dairy Products – Cheese, milk, yogurts etc. provide calcium which strengthens teeth.
- Fruit – Apples, pineapple, and other crunchy fruit clean the teeth while you eat. Water in the fruit dilutes natural sugar in the fruit. Chewing will stimulate saliva production.
- Vegetables – Vegetables not only contain vitamins which are good for you, but chewing on raw vegetables such as carrots and celery will increase saliva production and remove plaque from teeth.
It’s also said that certain fruit and vegetables can be used to naturally whiten teeth, as they contain natural ingredients that remove stains.
- Drinks – Water, real fruit juice, milk, tea. It’s recommended that you drink fluoridated water for healthy teeth. Real fruit juice should be freshly made or contain no added sugars.
What Food Is Bad For Your Teeth?
- Cakes And Biscuits – Most cakes and biscuits have a high sugar content.
- Chocolate, Sweets, Candies – Most candies contain a lot of sugar which instantly coats your teeth and gums.
- Jams, syrups, honey, and marmalade will usually have a high sugar content.
- Drinks – Acidic drinks can damage the surface of the tooth. Many soda’s, sports drinks, and fruit juices contain a large amount of sugar or sweeteners.
Why Is Sugar Bad For Your Teeth?
Sugar is bad for your teeth for several reasons.
It quickly coats the teeth, and creates a more acidic environment in the mouth. Acids attack the tooth surface and erode the enamel. Sugar also encourages the growth of bacteria, which not only attacks the tooth enamel, but also makes the breath smell bad.
As a general guideline, if you eat or drink sugary products you are coating your teeth and gums with sugar, and if you can’t avoid or resist, then you should clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards.
You can you avoid tooth decay with the right food and drink, but remember to brush, floss, and if possible see a dentist for routine dental checkups.