We are constantly bombarded with advice on what foods are bad for our health, things that are fattening, bad for our teeth or bones, or cause disease. But what about the foods that are good for us? And what about our oral health? Let’s take a look at some of the things we can all consume that can contribute to a healthier mouth…
If you love cheese (who doesn’t?!) then this is the news you’ve been waiting for… Studies have found that eating cheese helps to raise the pH level in the mouth to a more neutral level, preventing acid attack on the teeth and reducing the risk of tooth decay. And as another plus point, cheese is also high in calcium, which is great for teeth whilst they are developing.
So next time you’re deciding between the cheese board or a dessert, pick the cheese.
Eat your greens
It’s that age-old mantra that every parent drills into their children… ‘eat your greens!’ We all know that green vegetables contain a wealth of nutrients that are vital for excellent health – our parents knew what was good for us – and there is plenty of great stuff in these foods for our oral health, too. Leafy greens are high in calcium for tooth strength, as well as folic acid and B vitamins for gum health.
Not a fan of greens? Try roasting kale for a crispy snack or hide some spinach in a smoothie.
As well as foods, it’s important to be mindful of what we drink, too, as many sugars may be consumed inadvertently in this way. Not only is sugar bad for our teeth, it also adds to your daily calorie intake, which isn’t great for the waistline either.
Fizzy drinks are the most obvious culprits, so look out for the sugar-free versions if you can’t avoid them altogether. Fruit juices, sweetened tea and coffee (be careful of the added syrups in your favourite coffee shops), and alcohol all contain sugars, so do be careful what you choose to quench your thirst.
The best option? Good, old fashioned water… your skin will thank you too.
If you’d like to know more about how lifestyle habits can affect your oral health and some of the simple changes you can make, ask your Sparklysmile hygienist at your next appointment. Time to book in? Give us a call on 020 8852 0442 today.