Posts tagged “Healthy Eating”

How to keep your teeth healthy this Halloween

Halloween is almost upon us. While many people look forward to dressing up and going trick or treating, Halloween can be a nightmare for dentists. Traditionally, this is a time of year when people tend to treat themselves to all kinds of sugary delights, which can take their toll on the teeth. If you’re eager to be a little healthier this Halloween, here are some simple tips to bear in mind:

Brushing tips

It’s really important to take good care of your teeth all year-round. Don’t neglect brushing even when you’re in a rush. Take just 2 minutes every morning and evening to brush and floss daily. Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months and be gentle. If you brush too hard, this can damage your enamel.

Healthy eating

Many of us enjoy sweets, cakes and biscuits at Halloween parties. There’s nothing wrong with having the odd treat, but try not to go too crazy. Avoid snacking between meals and limit your intake of sugary foods. If you’re throwing a party for the kids, it’s really easy to create healthier alternatives using fruit and vegetables. Check out some cool ideas online and try and be creative! You can make spiders, ghosts, witches, cats and frogs with a little imagination and some carefully selected ingredients.

See your dentist

If it’s been longer than 6-9 months since you went to the dentist, call and make an appointment for a routine check-up. Even if you haven’t had any problems and your teeth look fine, it’s really important to keep up to date with regular checks, as they enable dentists to spot early warning signs.

If you need some more healthy Halloween tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

You Are What You Eat: What to Eat to Keep a Perfect Smile

Your diet plays a very important role when it comes to maintaining a perfect smile. Some foods are really good for your teeth, but others can spell disaster. Here are some tooth-friendly diet tips to help you keep your smile in shape for many years to come.

What to Eat

Your teeth are very strong, but they aren’t invincible. Try and ensure you get enough calcium every day to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Calcium is also good for your nails and bones. Foods that are good sources of calcium include milk, yoghurts, leafy green vegetables, nuts and cheese. Fruit and vegetables are important for your general health, but they also offer benefits for your teeth and gums. Fruits that are rich in vitamin C are excellent for helping you ward off infections, and strawberries also have a rough skin, which acts as a natural stain remover. Chewing on raw carrots, celery and apples helps to stimulate saliva production, which neutralises harmful acids in your mouth.

What Not to Eat

Unfortunately, many of our favourite treats are harmful for our oral health. Cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks and popcorn all have high sugar content, which increases the risk of tooth decay. Shop-bought smoothies and juices may look like a healthy option, but always check the sugar content. Often, they contain as much sugar as fizzy pop, and they are also acidic, which exposes the enamel to a risk of erosion. Try and avoid very hard foods, such as boiled sweets, as they can crack the teeth. Starchy foods, like crisps, can also be harmful, as they get stuck in the teeth, and the starch is broken down into sugars.

As well as thinking about what you eat, it’s also important to think about when you eat. This is because when you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids, which temporarily weaken the enamel, and it takes time for it recover. Try and stick to main meals rather than grazing throughout the day, and if you do fancy a snack, choose something sugar-free.

If you need advice about healthy eating, our dental team will be happy to help.

Four Healthy Foods For Healthier Teeth

We all know that treats like sweets and biscuits are bad news for our teeth, but what about foods that are good for our dental health? If you’re keen to make some tooth-friendly changes to your diet, here are four fabulous foods to add to your diet:

  1. Cheese: cheese is not just a great source of protein. It’s also rich in calcium, which is essential for healthy teeth and bones, and it has a high pH value. This means that when you eat cheese, it can help to neutralise acids in your mouth and reduce the risk of enamel wear. It’s particularly beneficial to eat cheese with acidic foods or drinks, such as wine. Other dairy products, including milk and yoghurt, are also really good for your teeth.
  2. Strawberries: strawberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which are good for your gums, but they also have a rough skin, which acts as a natural whitener. The bobbled surfaces remove surface stains, so you should find that your teeth look whiter and brighter.
  3. Almonds: almonds are an excellent option if you fancy a snack that is low in sugar and high in protein and calcium. If you are grazing on nuts, avoid salted or sugar-covered options.
  4. Celery: celery has very high water content, and the action of chewing acts as a natural tooth cleaner. After you’ve eaten celery, you should find that your teeth look and feel really clean. This is also a great low-fat snack option.

If you’re after more healthy eating tips, our dental team at Advance Dental Clinic will be more happy to help.