How often do you consider the effect your diet has on your teeth and gums? Here’s some advice on the different type of foods you can introduce into your diet to ensure you’re giving your teeth the best nutritional food.
Brushing, flossing and check-ups
When it comes to thinking about the mouth, going to the dentist regularly, brushing and flossing every day – those are obvious top tips for maintaining excellent oral health.
But of course, there is more to having a healthy smile than basic cleaning. What you eat and drink also has a big effect on your teeth and gums and there are certain foods and nutrients that are especially important when it comes to maintaining excellent oral health.
Let’s start with calcium
For strong bones and healthy teeth, an intake of calcium is essential. Milk is a great source. There’s also yoghurt and cheese, which are rich in calcium, and if you’re a vegan you could go for soy alternatives. Salmon, almonds and vegetables that are dark and leafy, like spinach. are great sources too.
Vitamin C for teeth as well as immunity
Vitamin C is a good way to increase immunity and keeping your gums at their best is important in staving off infection. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are rich in vitamin C, but we recommend you don’t snack on citrus fruits during the day, keep them as a sweet treat at the end of a meal, otherwise you will never give your mouth a break from acid attack. Broccoli and spinach are great alternatives and potatoes, tomatoes and peppers will also add to your intake.
Teeth benefit from phosphorous
Teeth benefit from phosphorous too. Sources of phosphorous include eggs, nuts and beans, lean meat and fish, as well as dairy.
With those basics in mind, you can lay the foundations for a balanced teeth-friendly diet.
Here’s our final tip. Brush half an hour after snacking and you’ll make it harder for the bacteria to take hold. If you do not have a toothbrush handy, grab a glass of water and wash the food particles away from the surfaces of your teeth.
Take good care of your teeth and gums by booking a hygiene appointment with Aqsa.