Can my diet affect my oral health?
Even if you think what you eating won’t be bad for you, some items of food and drink you consume can affect your teeth more than you think. If your diet isn’t great then it might be time to switch things up – not just to improve your physical health, but to improve your oral health, too. Here at Zero Seven, a dentist in Farringdon London, we want to share our advice on what to avoid if you want to keep your teeth happy.
Sugary sweets and chewy candy
It’s not surprising that sweets are bad for your mouth. They contain a high amount of sugar and because they are sticky and chewy, you have a higher chance of getting bits stuck in-between the teeth and staying there. As you’re leaving food to decay in your mouth (especially when combined with not brushing and flossing correctly) this will start to cause the production of plaque. The bacteria in plaque uses that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel. Overall, sweets just aren’t good for your teeth – so stay away from the term ‘sweet tooth’ and eat something healthy instead. If you want advice on what to eat and what to avoid, book in for a consultation with our dentist here in Farringdon.
Ice isn’t nice
You may be thinking ‘it’s just water, how can ice be bad for me?’. Well, it’s not what the ice is made up of that makes it bad for your teeth – it’s the form. Ice is solid and crunchy. Ice is made for chilling drinks, not chewing on. So, when you decide to crunch your ice with your teeth, you are applying a lot of pressure that you shouldn’t. This could lead to cracking and damage to the teeth’s enamel. Break this bad habit and enjoy water in its liquid form. Your Farringdon dentist can help give you tips.
Drinks that stain
You may be someone that loves a good cup of tea in the morning, some coffee while you work and a small glass of wine before bed. This is a definite no if you want to keep your teeth looking youthful. Some people can’t resist adding a lot of sugar to their coffee and tea, so not only is the constant consumption of these drinks staining your teeth, the sugar is also damaging the surface of your teeth too. If you do consume these types of drinks, it may be a good idea to keep the intake at an appropriate amount, drink plenty of water and keep the sugar add-ons to a minimum.
When consuming anything that may be harmful to the teeth, it’s important to brush and floss frequently and correctly to keep your teeth happy and healthy. For advice on your oral health, speak to your dentist in Farringdon today. Here at Zero Seven Dental Practice, Clerkenwell, we provide empathetic and confidential care to all of our patients. Enquire by calling us on 020 7253 7667.