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Five Food Swaps For Stronger Teeth This Spring

If you’re keen to protect your teeth and gums, it’s hugely beneficial to keep an eye on your diet. Here are 5 food swaps you can make for stronger teeth this spring:

  1. Fizzy drinks for milk: milk is rich in calcium, which is essential for strong teeth, but it also has a much higher pH value and lower sugar content than fizzy drinks. Acids wear away the enamel, and most fizzy drinks have very little nutritional value. Next time you’re thirsty, pour a glass of milk rather than reaching for a can of pop.
  2. Ice cream for yoghurt: it may be warmer outside, but resist the temptation to stock the freezer full of ice cream. Ice cream is sugary, and it can also exacerbate symptoms of sensitivity. Yoghurt is a better option, as it contains calcium, and unsweetened versions have low sugar content. Sprinkle some raspberries or blueberries to increase your daily intake of fruit.
  3. Crisps for cheese: if you tend to graze on crisps between meals, try eating a small chunk of cheese instead. Cheese has a high pH value, it’s low in sugar, and it’s a good source of calcium.
  4. Juice for water: juice is often marketed as a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks, but most shop-bought products are full of added sugar. Juices also tend to be acidic. Water is pH neutral, it contains fluoride, it has no sugar content and it helps to keep dry mouth at bay.
  5. Cooked veg for raw vegetables: any form of vegetable is going to be beneficial for you, but raw vegetables are particularly good for your oral health. Chewing on raw carrots, celery sticks, broccoli and cucumber stimulates saliva production, cleansing the mouth and reducing acidity.

Three Tips for Healthy Teeth

Taking good care of your smile is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make. If you’re keen to improve your oral health in the year ahead, here are 3 simple tips to get you started:

  1. Brush twice a day, every single day: surveys show a significant portion of UK adults don’t brush twice a day. If you neglect your oral hygiene, this will increase your risk of developing gum disease, discolouration, bad breath and cavities. All it takes is two minutes every morning and evening. When you’re brushing, take care to cover every individual tooth surface, swap your brush head every 3-4 months and use fluoride toothpaste. Angle your brush head to remove food debris from the gum line and be gentle to prevent enamel damage.
  2. Cut down on sugar: if you consume a lot of sugary foods or drinks, make it your mission to try and reduce your daily sugar intake. When bacteria feed on sugar, they release acids, which attack and weaken the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities and infections. Ideally, you should aim for a maximum intake of around 7 teaspoons of sugar per day.
  3. Book a dental check: if you’re not very good at keeping up to date with dental checks, this is one of the easiest ways to improve your dental health. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis can reduce the risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent. Call us now if you’re overdue a check-up.

Cutting Down On The Sugar In Your Diet

Having a sweet tooth can often be costly to our oral health and can be hidden in everyday food and drink products. We know that eating sweets, chocolate and candy is bad for our health but it is also bad for our teeth. Bacteria in the mouth feed of sugar and cause the plaque to increase and become thicker on the teeth. It also turns some of the sugar into a glue-like substance so it can stick to the teeth easier. Whilst some saliva in the mouth can wash away plaque, this thicker substance which is glued to the teeth by the sugar is much more difficult to get rid of with saliva alone. Cutting down your sugar intake can drastically improve your oral health and stop tarter and plaque leading to gum disease and tooth decay, even teeth falling out or breaking. If you have a sweet craving there are many other options instead of a sugary treat, have a banana or some dried fruit or a low sugar treat instead. It is also essential to really look at what is in the food and beverages you put into your body. Many so called healthy drinks and smoothes contain large amounts of sugar as do fizzy drinks as well as enamel damaging acids. If you do have some sweets or chocolate it is better to have them in one go rather than throughout the day to minimize damage caused to the teeth. Many low-fat substitutes use sugar in order to make them taste better, but again this can cause damage to your teeth so always read the label and remember fat is better than sugar in the recommended quantities. If you would like more advice about having a better diet then contact us to arrange an dental hygienist appointment.