Nutrition and Good Oral Health
Choosing a Healthy Diet may sound easy but infact its not. The Foods that you eat come in contact with the Germs and Bacteria that live in the mouth. If you don’t Brush, Plaque will accumulate on the Teeth.
Healthy Diet may sound easy, however, Fruits, Milk, Cereals, Bread and some Vegetables contain Sugars and / or Starches. Carbonated sodas, sweet Fruit Drinks and sugary snack Foods should be limited. You don’t have to avoid these foods, just keep in mind that you should eat a balanced diet, Brush your Teeth twice a day and Floss daily.
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a variety of Healthy Foods from the five major Food groups
- Cut down on snacking in between meals
- Limit Snacks and Drinks that are high in Sugar
The best Food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).
It’s not just your Bones that benefit from Milk, your Teeth get stronger and healthier when you drink, too, because it contains Calcium. Calcium helps protect your Teeth against Periodontal (Gum) Disease and keeps your Jaw Bone strong and healthy.
This may come as a surprise to you, but Citrus Fruits like Oranges help keep your Gums healthy by strengthening Blood Vessels and connective tissue, including the connective tissue that holds your Teeth in your Jaw.
Like oranges and other citrus fruits, Strawberries are brimming with gum–building vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for production of collagen, a key protein that maintains your gums’ strength and integrity — and strong gums are an integral part of overall oral health. Just a half a cup of fresh strawberries delivers more than 70 percent of the daily value for vitamin C!
Your teeth can also benefit from Water. Water helps wash away food Debris and keeps your Saliva levels high. Believe it or not, Saliva is actually your Mouth’s best Defense against Tooth Decay because it contains Proteins and Minerals that counteract enamel–eating Acids. Saliva is made up of 95 % water, so if you want to avoid unnecessary Cavities do yourself a favour and stay hydrated. Water also displaces sugary drinks like Soda and Sweet flavoured Waters, which can damage tooth enamel and promote Decay.
The Bad Foods
- Sticky Candies and Sweets. If you eat sweets, go for those that clear out of your mouth quickly. So thumbs down for lollipops, caramels, and cough drops that contain refined sugar. Note: Effects of chocolate on preventing cavities have been widely touted (largely by studies funded by the candy industry), but not conclusively proven. Cacao (70 percent) does have some health benefits. Some studies have shown chocolate to be not as bad as other sugary treats.
- Starchy Foods that can get stuck in your mouth. Soft Breads and Potato Chips, for instance, can get trapped between your Teeth.
- Carbonated Soft Drinks. These Drinks are the leading source of added sugar among kids and teens. Besides being laden with Sugar, most soft drinks contain Phosphoric and Citric Acids that Erode Tooth Enamel.
- Substances that dry out your mouth. These include Alcohol and many Medicines. If Medications are the cause, consider talking to your health care provider about getting a Fluoride rinse, or a Fluoride Gel with which to Brush your Teeth.
If you have any questions about Oral Health, and would like to book a check up then do not hesitate to call the practice and book on 01474 537 191.
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