How Diet Can Impact Your Oral Health
Diet and oral health – we all know there’s a connection there, yet most of us struggle to actively make dietary decisions that keep our teeth and gums healthy. We diet for weight loss, or as part of an exercise program, or even in a “detox”, yet when it comes to dieting for oral health, many of us lose sight of the connection. With the effects of poor diet on oral health often slow to appear, they seem less urgent than the immediate ill effects we see from weight gain, lethargy and illness due to poor diet. This is a dangerous slip-up, because although the decay of teeth takes time, your natural teeth cannot be replaced.
To make sure your natural teeth remain healthy and intact for your full lifetime, it’s essential to maintain a healthy diet and keep up with basic dental care every day.
How to Eat for Oral Health
Along with regular brushing and flossing, eating well is the best thing you can do for your teeth on a daily basis. While it’s okay to indulge in something sweet every now and then, it’s important to make sure we’re getting enough nutritious fruits, veggies and other nourishing foods to keep the teeth and gums strong.
What to Eat More Of
Generally speaking, a teeth-friendly diet includes lots of foods rich in fibre, calcium, phosphorus and vitamins C and D. It should also contain lots of antioxidants, probiotics and crunchy, teeth-cleaning foods. What does that mean? It means including more of the following in your diet:
- Plenty of water
- Firms fruits like apples and pears
- Leafy greens
- High fibre vegetables like carrots and celery
- High water content vegetables like cucumber and lettuce
- Whole grains
- Seeds – especially high calcium sesame seeds
- Sugar-free chewing gum
- Foods high in vitamin C like strawberries, kiwi fruit and oranges
What to Eat Less Of
Sugary and acidic foods can erode tooth enamel and cause decay. They’re also responsible for killing bacteria that keep the mouth clean. To avoid gum disease and tooth decay, avoid high-acid and sugary foods like:
- Lollies – especially chewy lollies that get stuck in the teeth
- Fizzy drinks
- Black tea
- Lemon and grapefruit juice
- Sports drinks
Basic Dental Care for Oral Health
No matter how healthy your diet, it must be paired with a daily basic dental care regime that cleans away food remnants and keeps the mouth clean. To make sure your smile stays radiant, try the following:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Wait about an hour after eating to brush your teeth
- Drink plenty of water
- Floss at least once a day
- Visit your dentist for a check-up every 6 months
To learn more about oral health, or to book in your 6 month check-up with a dental hygienist, call the friendly team at Jannali Dental Care on (02) 9199 7229 today.