Foods To Help Your Teeth Last Longer
As a North Harrow dentist we practice preventative dentistry which involves regular six monthly check-ups and professional cleans in order to spot the early signs of tooth decay and other dental problems which can lead to tooth loss. Another important tactic in preventative dentistry which patients can do for themselves, is to take a close look at the foods they’re putting into their mouths. No longer is it just a case of cutting right back on sugar. Instead it’s about regularly eating food which meets the body’s nutritional needs and actively helps prevent disease which can affect the oral health and cause tooth decay.
Numerous studies have shown that nutrients and antioxidants found in certain foods such as vegetables, fruit, legumes, and nuts could be responsible for strengthening the immune system and helping the body fight against bacteria and inflammation. This in turn can help protect teeth and gums which is especially important if you’d had dental implants in North Harrow. It’s also been shown that certain dietary habits and particular foods can affect the mouth’s ability to protect itself against the bacteria which causes tooth decay and cavities.
So what foods should we be eating?
- Crisp fruit and vegetables such as carrots, apple, and celery work to rid the teeth of plaque and freshen the breath
- Fresh cranberries can prevent oral bacterial from bonding and forming plaque
- Cheese releases calcium which mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth to protect them from acids which causes decay
- Vitamin C and other nutrients from fruit and vegetables, work to protect gums and soft tissue from bacterial infection and cell damage
- Milk and other dairy products which are rich in calcium and vitamin D help makes bones and teeth stronger while reducing the risk of tooth loss.
It’s all in the timing
It’s not just about eating the right foods but about when and how you eat them. For example:
- Foods which you retain for a long time in your mouth, such as boiled sweets, or that take a long time to chew, can damage your teeth as sugar is retained in the mouth for longer
- Rather than snacking throughout the day on foods rich in sugar and acids, try and include these foods into your main meal times so that the teeth aren’t exposed for such a long period to acid. Eating a larger meal also produces an increase in saliva which is the body’s natural way of rinsing away particles of food and neutralising acids before they can harm your teeth.
“We are what we eat” and that’s very true when it comes down to both oral and general health. So if you haven’t had a recent dental examination then your teeth and oral health could be in danger. Call Imperial Dental Care today on 020 8427 2264 for an initial consultation or book online at www.imperialdentalcare.co.uk. We’re a caring North Harrow dentist who also carry out cosmetic dentistry in North Harrow in the event that your teeth need repair or restoration.