You probably know how important oral health is to your overall well-being. You are probably also aware of the importance of your diet for dental health. It seems that the saying "You are what you eat" is becoming more and more true, and when it comes to dental health it is even more important than usual.
Because there are so many options in stores, choosing a healthier option becomes more and more difficult. Here's what we should take care of when we focus on certain products or foods on store shelves.
Foods rich in sugar
These are the main culprits regarding the oral cavity, being responsible for the erosion of the enamel, the tooth decay and almost all the dental problems.
High acidity foods
When it comes to teeth, foods with acids (low calcium foods) can be extremely dangerous. Whether contained in foods or processed from sugars by mouth bacteria, acids can erode tooth enamel, causing cavities and tooth decay. Damage to the enamel can also lead to a variety of problems, from sensitivity issues to discolored teeth.
Examples of very acidic foods: lemon, pickles, tomatoes, alcohol, coffee.
Examples of foods with low acid content: bananas, avocados, broccoli, lean meat, whole grains, eggs, cheese, nuts, vegetables.
Sticky foods / chewing gum
Some true enemies when it comes to tooth and gum health are foods that tend to stay attached between your teeth for a long time. The problem is that such food scraps turn into an abundant energy source for bacteria, and the prolonged presence in the mouth allows bacteria to produce much more acid than normal. It is vital to try to clean your teeth as soon as possible after meals and not to let the sticky foods stay in your mouth for several hours.
Foods that dry your mouth
The best defense against oral health is saliva. Nature's most powerful way of taking care of your teeth is handy to help you maintain your health by washing your plates and bringing back the key minerals. Saliva prevents the maintenance of food on the teeth and can even help repair the early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other oral infections. Unfortunately, when the mouth is dry, the saliva level in the mouth becomes low and cannot do its job properly.
Examples of foods and drinks that dry the mouth excessively: alcohol, some medicines, coffee, energy drinks.
Foods very difficult to chew
Email is very strong. In fact, it's the hardest part of your body. However, it really can't help you chew foods that are very difficult to chew. It is important to remember that if something is difficult to chew, then it should not be chewed.
Many people have a bad habit of chewing on things like ice, hard candy and popcorn. Most of the time, your teeth deal with the heavy load, but you can damage your enamel and there is always a danger of cutting a piece of your teeth. So, do your teeth a favor and avoid chewing on too strong foods.
*** Article written by Dr. Dentist Andra Custura. Dr. Andra Custura believes that our life can become more beautiful with a healthy smile, which is why it helps us with the best tips and treatments to regain and maintain our dental health. Andra Smile is the firm that offers implantology, dental aesthetics, orthodontics, prosthetics, endodontics, periodontology, preventive, pediatric, restorative and dental-alveolar surgery services. For more information on dental conditions you can visit www.andrasmile.ro and the Facebook page.
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