Research has shown that poor oral health is often linked to poor general health so it’s important to watch our food and drink intake to help maintain a healthy, balanced diet by eating healthily this summer.
According to the British Dental Health Foundation, there are new findings which support something that dental professionals have suspected for a long time: infections in the mouth can cause problems in other parts of the body.
Dental plaque is a soft sticky substance that builds up on teeth which is mostly bacteria. Bacteria feed on sugar from food and drink -producing acid as a waste product. The acids attack the teeth by dissolving the minerals in the tooth’s surface. If this happens too often, this could result in tooth decay.
Acid also occurs in food and drink and it can dissolve away the tooth’s surface. Acid may be found naturally or it may be added as part of a process. All fizzy drinks (including “diet” brands and fizzy mineral water) and all squashes are acidic to varying degrees. It may come as a surprise but all fruit juices are acidic too so although they seem like a healthy option, they’re not so good for your teeth. Pickles and citrus fruit are examples of acidic foods.
Here are some ways in which you can stay healthy and avoid any dental problems
- remove plaque twice a day by brushing with toothpaste
- avoid sugary or acidic food except at mealtimes (so you eat it on a few occasions rather than throughout the day)
- chew sugar free gum as this increases the flow of saliva which helps teeth repair themselves
- Cut out caffeine drinks like tea and coffee and increase your water intake. It is recommended that you should drink at least 2 litres of water per day.
- Eat plenty of fruit and veg
Advice on healthy eating and good tooth brushing techniques are things our dental hygienist team can help with. They’re a friendly bunch – give us a call and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment.