There are so many elements and factors that can affect our oral health and teeth, things like the atmosphere, our sleeping habits, and what we eat. There are certain types of food that can actually be really good for our teeth promoting and aiding a healthy smile, while others we should avoid.
For those of us who only see the dentist for a check-up every year or so, and those of us with children, incorporating good foods and banning the bad from our diet can be a great and simple way of maintaining oral hygiene.
Below are 5 foods, three good and two bad for us to add/remove from our diets. Be sure to look out for ways to incorporate the good foods into yours and your family’s diet, in simple but tasty ways.
Dairy is a really simple food group that most of us incorporate into our daily diet, but often we won’t be getting enough. Even just adding a sprinkling of mozzarella over your omelette or having yogurt and fruit for dessert can be a great way to add more in.
More importantly, dairy is packed with calcium that promotes and maintains bone density while also balancing PH levels out due to its high level of phosphates. This acts as a preventative to cavities and gum disease.
2. Leafy Greens
As well as being a great source of vitamins and minerals, leafy greens contain a great amount of folic acid and some calcium. The combination of these can create a stronger mouth, less prone to gum disease.
With the autumn months upon us, and winter months looming, adding a big bowl of leafy spring greens like cabbage and spinach to the table can be the perfect accompaniment to a hot-pot or casserole.
Nobody really associates strawberries with the oral health benefits they possess. They can be added so easily to cereals, yogurt, smoothies and healthy pancakes. They contain malic acid which has been proven to be a natural teeth whitener.
Along with this benefit, the seeds and fibres in the fruit can also contribute to a natural self-cleaning mechanism.
4. Citrus fruit
Too many citrus fruits in your diet can cause over consumption of acid. Acid can erode enamel quite seriously, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. Over intake of acid can also aggravate and irritate mouth sores, so is best to avoid more than we consume.
5. Sticky foods
These may include hard sweets that once chewed get stuck in your teeth, or dried fruits like apricots or raisins. Often people see these as a healthy snack, but don’t realise the impact they can have on oral hygiene.
Foods that stick to your teeth for longer can cause more damage due to the time they spend gathering bacteria that can turn into plaque between teeth. It’s important to lessen intake of these foods, and when you do consume, remember to brush and floss immediately after.
Along with eating the right foods for your teeth, and banning those that aren’t, I suggest fairly regular check-ups are just as important for kids as they are for adults. Ollie & Darsh, the practice from Liverpool, have some great tips and tricks to look after your teeth, and they offer a range of treatments that can better oral hygiene too.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Ollie & Darsh.