Healthy diet for teeth

Good oral health is not just simply about visiting your dentist on a regular basis, brushing twice a day and flossing.

Did you know you can help keep your pearly whites healthy simply by being aware of what foods you consume?

A healthy diet that is low in sugar can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. So, what are the best foods and drinks for your oral health?

Here are our top tips.
  1. Fruit and Vegetables: High-fibre fruits and vegetables and those with high water content are good for your teeth and gums as they stimulate saliva and help dilute any sugars or acid that could be in your mouth.  Food high in vitamin A (like carrots, broccoli and sweet potato) also help to protect the enamel of your teeth. Oranges, lemons and limes are high in Vitamin C which can help keep blood vessels strong and slow down the progression of gum disease by reducing inflammation.
     
  2. Water: Water is essential for breaking down food, neutralising bacteria and preventing tooth decay. It can also help in reducing plaque by rinsing away food you have eaten previously or decrease the staining caused by drinking coffee and tea. Tap water also includes fluoride, which can help protect your teeth against decay.
     
  3. Dairy: Research has shown that dairy can help protect tooth enamel and prevent decay. This is because dairy contains a protein, which when combined with calcium and phosphorous, create a protective film over the enamel of your teeth. Eating cheese after a meal can help neutralise acid, which makes it a great choice for dessert.
     
  4. Fatty Fish: Salmon is a great source of Vitamin D, which is important for helping our bodies to absorb calcium in our diets. If you are not a fan of salmon, why not try tuna or mackerel or if you are vegan, try tofu.

  5. Nuts: Nuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals that help to strengthen teeth and fight tooth decay. Peanuts are a great source of calcium and vitamin D; cashews are known to stimulate saliva and walnuts contain everything from folic acid, Vitamin B6, magnesium and Vitamin E.
 
- Information sourced from www.ada.org.au and www.australiadental.com.au
 
 
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