Diet is key to healthy teeth and a brilliant smile.
While we all know it's important, diet's role in a healthy smile can't be overstated. Even a great cleaning routine (we've put one together for you here) can't completely undo the damage a high sugar diet can do. So don't let your hard work be undone - follow our simple tips below and keep that sensational smile on your face :)!
Limit Total Sugar - the first, and most important, step to avoid any problems is to minimise the quantity of sugar in your diet. One can do this by looking at alternatives such as using sweeteners or by just avoiding sweet things in your diet. Not only will cutting down the quantity of sugar in your diet benefit your teeth but it will also significantly reduce your risk of diabetes.
Eat Protective Food - Some foods and drinks can actively help to protect your teeth from damage. The best way to help protect your teeth is to use sugar free chewing gum- this helps to stimulate salivation, your bodies' natural mechanism for repairing and protecting teeth. Other things that are great for protecting teeth include anything cheesy as this can help to neutralise anything acidic in your mouth to protect your teeth. Nuts are also a great, healthy option.
Reduce Acidic Foods - Tooth tissue can be damaged and lost by eating foods with a high acid content such as citrus fruits or fizzy drinks. This acid is harmful to your teeth and erodes the enamel. Again, try to eat these foods at the same time or with meals, rather than snacking on them through the day.
- Reduce Sugar Frequency - Every time you have something sugary your teeth are attacked by the bacteria that cause decay for up to an hour! This means if you have sugar throughout the day your teeth are continuously put under strain. To combat this, limit the number of times you have sugar through the day. If you do like to have something sweet no problem, but try to keep it to meal times. For example have that chocolate treat straight after lunch or that fizzy drink with your dinner. This is exactly why sugar in tea, coffee and juice can be so damaging to teeth because you will often have these drinks between meals - causing another attack on your teeth.
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SO the biggest take home message is to keep snacking to a minimum and try to keep that sugar to a minimum. If you do, you'll keep your teeth happy and healthy!