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July 3, 2018
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Diet for Dental Health

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Your mouth. It’s open for business from babyhood, sending food down to the engine room of life. Little thought is given to the food that’s left behind in our mouths and the ingredients in that food that can greatly influence our mouth health.

So right here is where the experts at Beyond Smiles Dental are dispelling myths and setting easy-to-follow guidelines to a better diet for good dental health.

What to avoid

While many of us seem hard-wired to enjoy anything containing sugar, the news isn’t so good for your dental hygiene or overall wellbeing.

Sugar improves flavour. The problem is, once our taste receptors get a sugar hit, the brain tells us we need more. So we digest more sugar via soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices, snacks, and takeaway, without a toothbrush in sight.

The sugar that’s left on the teeth, and there always is, is then devoured by the good bacteria in our mouths which leaves acid behind to strip away tooth enamel.

Sugar isn’t the only culprit

We all know about the sugar in lollies, but sour lollies contain certain acids that are harsh on your teeth. Because they’re chewy, the lollies also sit on your teeth longer.
Processed bread is loaded with starches which when broken down by saliva – yep, you got it – become sugar. The same goes for potato chips.

Alcohol dries out your mouth which is a problem because saliva is your best friend for maintaining good dental health. It prevents food from sticking to your teeth and even helps repair early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections.

Lovers of chewing ice may be in for a shock – chewing it can cause damage to tooth enamel.

Beyond Smiles Dental aren’t expecting you to cut all of these things out of your diet, just to be aware of the possible dental hygiene issues and to consume in moderation. Plus, where possible, brush and floss teeth after consuming such foods.

The good stuff

Australia has such a variety of great tasting foods, there’s plenty to generate mouth health without adding sugar. Try:

  • Dairy products because calcium and phosphorous are known to both strengthen and repair tooth enamel.
  • Crunchy foods such as carrots, celery & apples. They’re great for ongoing dental health because they stimulate the gums and help to generate mouth-cleansing saliva.
  • The Omega-3s in fatty fish like sardines, herring, mackerel, salmon, and tuna can reduce chronic inflammation associated with periodontal disease.
  • Swap the sour lollies for a square of chocolate. It dissolves faster and you can wash away the remains a lot easier with a drink of water.
  • Drink water in-between alcohol and sugary drinks.
  • Drop the white bread for the grainy varieties. There’s less sugar added and the grains produce more energy for the body.
  • Eat and drink citrus in moderation to lessen the chances of the acid eroding your enamel. Also try a rinse with water afterward.
  • Try substituting fresh fruits over the dried version – they’re less concentrated with sugar.
    Drink lots of water

A balanced diet and the big three.

There are lots to consider when planning a diet for good dental health. The most important thing to remember is to combine it with the big three: your toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. Brush twice a day and floss daily to clean out any food residue, and to prevent cavities and plaque build-up.

To find out more about dental hygiene, or to learn how they can rectify dental issues caused by poor diet, the team of experts across the five Beyond Smiles Dental locations are ready to take your call when you’re ready to make it!

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