EATING HEALTHY FOR YOUR TEETH

Posted by on May 7, 2013

EATING HEALTHY FOR YOUR TEETH

First and foremost, Im not a dietician but I do watch what I eat for reasons such as health and wellness. I am a vegetarian but that’s not the issue I will be addressing in this short article. I want to share some dietary information that may improve your teeth and gum’s health. Its not enough that you brush and floss everyday (although that’s a good way of maintaining good oral health) but you should also consider the food you eat. If you want your teeth to stay healthy you need good diet and oral hygiene; similar to staying fit, you need diet and exercise.

There are a lot of articles in the net about this (just google diet and oral health) but I want to summarize and just give you pointers. Read the articles if you want the whole thing.

Here are some tips:

1. Lessen the time sugar’s in contact with your teeth.

We all know sugar is bad for your teeth and that it makes you really fat but I want to tell you something else about it – as long as you keep the interaction of sugar on your teeth for only a short time and that you brush immediately, its not really that bad! That goes the same with acidic food and drinks. They can make your teeth weaker if you consume a lot and if you let it stay in your mouth for a while.

2. Eat fibrous food

Fibrous food like raw and semi-cooked vegetables act like natural tooth brushes, preventing plaque from sticking to your teeth. Don’t you feel that your teeth is cleaner after eating a salad than eating hotdog on a bun?

3. Eat less processed food

Did you know tooth decay only got rampant when we started eating processed food? In the old days, people eat more raw food and unprocessed meat and they didn’t brushed nor flossed their teeth but still had less tooth decay.

4. Choose your “last bite”

Usually, your last bite is your dessert – ice cream, cake, chocolate, etc. Remember the first tip? This is related to that! After having your last bite of dessert and if you can’t brush your teeth immediately, chew something that will neutralize the sugar. Some examples are: peanuts, cheese, fruits, green-leafy veggies and sugarless gum. Basically, if you remove that feeling that your saliva is different, if you could make it feel like you haven’t eaten – that’s returning your mouth’s pH level back to normal and neutralizes the activity of bacteria.

That’s it. I don’t want to take too much of your time nor make you remember a lecture. Just four simple to remember advice from us at Buenazeda Dental Clinic.