Everyone knows their food choices affect their general health, but not so many are aware of the way food can impact oral health. Your eating habits can make a great deal of difference to your risk of developing cavities and gum disease, and even just making a few simple changes can have quite an impact.
A good example is fizzy drinks that often contain high levels of sugar, and many people may have swapped these for the low-calorie diet versions, thinking these are healthier. While diet drinks will have far less of an impact on your waistline, they contain citric acid that softens tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities. It is the same problem with fruit juices, that are often promoted as being healthy, but which can be high in sugars and acids. Swapping soft drinks for plain water or green tea will help keep you hydrated without damaging your health. Try to eat the whole fruit rather than just the juice for maximum benefit.
Another problem can be the frequency of meals. Every time you eat your mouth becomes more acidic, increasing your risks of dental diseases. If you can, try to stick to regular meals, or choose snacks that are tooth friendly such as cheese, crunchy fruits and vegetables or natural yoghurt that doesn’t have any added sugars.
These are just a couple of examples showing how small changes can help your teeth, but we do offer more customised advice at consultations, and which take into account your personal risk of developing tooth decay or other dental problems.