Everything that we eat and drink has a great impact on our oral health. Nutrition undoubtedly plays a very important role in maintaining oral and dental health. The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled drinks, sodas, candies, cookies, cakes, snacks, etc. you could be at a greater risk for tooth decay. Most importantly, it is not about consuming fewer amounts of sugar but consuming sugar less often. Hence, preventive measures are better than the painful and smelly oral health problems.
Hence, make a wise choice; think before you eat.
While choosing your meals and snacks keep these few tips in mind:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Green tea and black tea. (They contain polyphenols that prevent teeth from the development of plaque bacteria)
- 5 major food groups that are very beneficial for your oral health are:
- whole grains
- fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
- lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes
- low-fat and fat-free dairy foods like cheese, milk, plain yogurt
Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods consumed as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating many snacks throughout the day.
Food to avoid:
- Sticky candies and sweets: If you eat sweets, go for those that clear out of your mouth quickly. Lollipops, caramels, and cough drops that contain refined sugar must be avoided.
- Starchy foods: They can be stuck in your mouth and decay. Soft bread and potato chips, for instance, can be trapped between your teeth. This in return leads to bad breath problems.
- Carbonated soft drinks: Besides being loaded with sugar, most soft drinks contain phosphoric and citric acids that wear away tooth enamel.
- Substances that dry out your mouth: Alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, etc cause mouth dryness. If medicines are the cause, consider talking to your healthcare provider about getting a fluoride rinse or a fluoride gel for brushing your teeth.
MOUTH MYTHS AND TRUTHS
Often in our society, there are many religion-backed-beliefs regarding oral health that many blindly follow them without their own research and perspective. Although modern dentistry has come a long way, there are still many dental myths that are passed on by word of mouth.
It is important to know what to believe and why.