Just as eating the right food is good for your general well being, it can also be good for your oral hygiene. Educating children and teenagers about the right foods to eat can help develop beneficial eating habits for the rest of their lives. There are some obvious choices about what to eat and what to avoid but it really can make a huge difference and help prevent a future of dental problems.
The foods that you eat will all come into contact with the 400 million or so bacteria that live in your mouth, and find conditions there perfect for breeding. If teeth are not brushed and flossed on a regular basis then a filmy bacteria laden substance called plaque builds up on the teeth, which will eventually cause tooth decay and even gum disease.
Plaque thrives on sugars and starches found in most food combining with it to create acid which attacks tooth enamel. According to studies by the American Dental Association, this acid attacks the enamel for twenty minutes or longer after eating. So eating food with the minimal amount of sugar and starch can help protect your teeth. This may sound easier than it actually is however, as fruits, milk, bread, vegetables and many other foods contain starch.
The best way to protect against starchy foods is to drink plenty of water, brush your teeth twice a day and floss, which will limit the impact of starch and plaque. Try to avoid food that is unnecessarily sugary such as soft drinks.
There are some foods which can be good for the teeth. Nuts, which are rich in magnesium, and any food containing calcium (dairy products) can all help promote strong teeth. A West London dentist will be able to provide you with further information about which foods to eat and which to avoid.