Most people know how important it is to make time to brush their teeth in the morning and evening, but do you think about your oral health when you’re ordering dinner at a restaurant or shopping at the supermarket? Your diet is important for your oral health and it’s beneficial to learn how the foods you eat affect your teeth and gums. Here are some tips to make your diet work in favour of good oral health:
Watch your sugar intake
Sugar is one of the most harmful foods for both your oral and general health, so it’s really important to be aware of how much sugar you consume each day and how that compares to your recommended daily allowance. It’s essential to read food labels as many foods that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as being sweet can contain a lot of sugar. Examples include ready meals, pasta sauces, smoothies and juices. Try to keep sweets, cakes and biscuits as treats and swap energy drinks and fizzy pop for water, milk or sugar-free cordial.
Try to avoid or limit snacking
Snacking can be really bad news for your teeth because when you eat, bacteria in your mouth give off acids that soften the enamel. This is a temporary process but it takes time for the enamel to recover. If you graze throughout the day, this means that your enamel has no recovery periods and eventually it will become thin, worn and weak. Try to stick to three square meals and if you do get hungry between meals, go for sugar-free foods such as raw vegetables with a dip, or a lump of cheese.
Hit your daily calcium target
Calcium is really important for the development and maintenance of strong, healthy teeth, so it’s essential that you hit your daily RDA target. Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese and yoghurt.
Enjoy 5 a day
Fruits and vegetables contain an array of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that all have benefits for your mouth as well as the rest of your body. Try to eat a range of different foods.