Eating Right for Your Dental Health

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Eating Right for Your Dental Health


Did it take you by surprise that the condition of your teeth deteriorated overtime? Do you make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, use mouthwash, and yet your teeth are getting yellower? The type of diet you have is a big contributor to the health of your teeth. Remember, it is always better to avoid the long-term effects of poor dietary habits rather than visiting costly dentists several times once early symptoms are spotted. Keeping in mind the “prevention is better than cure” mantra. Below are some guidelines regarding your diet that will help you maintain a great smile.

Foods great for your teeth

There are a wide variety of foods that improve your dental hygiene. For healthy teeth, calcium and Vitamin D are essential and interdependent. The best source of these nutrients is milk and eggs. To protect your tooth enamel from decay, incorporate yoghurt and cheese into your diet. The latter is particularly crucial because it has casein, a chemical which protects tooth enamel. Other sources that enable enamel protection include; meat, fish such as salmon, and tofu. A broth of any of these ingredients will help you reap the best benefits.

On the other hand, if you are a vegetarian, dark leafy vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins essential for healthy teeth. Crunchy vegetables such as celery, carrots, cauliflower, and peppers strengthen teeth and also stimulate saliva production, which in turn prevents food from sticking in your teeth. Last but not the least, eat an apple every day, because it helps freshen your breath and prevent plaque from developing.

Foods harmful for your teeth

Citrus fruits and their juices contain citric acid, which ranks among tooth enamel’s worst enemies. Try to limit your intake, and rinse your mouth every time you help yourself to a serving of oranges or limes. For citrus juices, try using a straw so that contact with your teeth is minimized. In fact, try using straws for all drinks that are harmful for your teeth but cannot be removed from your diet, such as coffee, black tea, red wine, and soda. Avoid eating pickles, for they are prime suspects that lead to the erosion of enamel from your teeth. Although tomatoes are otherwise healthy, the quantity of acid in the fruit is harmful for your teeth as well. To continue consuming tomatoes cautiously, incorporate them in your meals but avoid eating them separately.

Dried fruit and granola bars are healthy alternatives, but are very sticky. You should make sure you brush or floss your teeth post-eating these. Moreover, avoid candy at all costs because of its nutritional defects, as well as damage they cause to your teeth. For more information on the wide range of best available dental services at Comprehensive Dental Care Queanbeyan Canberra, please contact our friendly team at (02) 6297 1303