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A Healthy Diet for Healthier Teeth

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

2429879_blogDiet is an important factor in how your mouth looks and feels. Sugar is converted  to acid in the mouth and this attacks tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. Every time we eat our teeth are exposed to potential decay, and watching what we eat and drink can help prevent this process.

Healthy foods for teeth

Some foods contain calcium, which helps protect tooth enamel. These foods include meats (particularly chicken), cheese, milk and nuts. Vegetables and crisp, firm fruits such as apples are good for teeth as they contain a large amount of water. This lessens the effect of any sugar contained in them as well as helping the mouth produce saliva. Saliva is helpful in preventing tooth decay as it washes away bits of food debris in the mouth. If you are eating acidic things like lemons or other citrus fruits, try to have them as part of a meal, so the effects of the acid they contain is minimised.

Sugary foods

Foods that are bad for teeth include hard sweets such as lollipops, as well as other items with a high sugar content such as cakes, crisps or dried fruit. As well as being high in sugar, these foods have the potential to stick to your teeth and provide a source of fuel for any bacteria in the mouth. Take care when taking cough drops as they will coat teeth in sugar in the same way as other sweets.

What about drinks?

In terms of drinks, the best things for your mouth are milk, water and tea that does not contain sugar or sweetener. Try to avoid too many sugary or fizzy drinks, as well as coffee and sweetened tea. Do not sip sugary drinks throughout the day, as this means they are constantly being exposed to sugar. As well as preventing tooth decay, try to avoid staining by watching your consumption of red wine and coffee. If you would like to speak to one of our oral hygienists please contact the team at City Dental Leeds.


Good diets lead to good teeth in Central Leeds

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

2429879_blogIt is all very well fending off bacteria from the mouth- with wonderful toothbrushes, pastes, flosses and mouthwashes, and never stop doing so either, as this will serve you well in the future. However, you really need to be wary of what you are putting in your mouth in the first place and maintain a quality balanced diet to keep your immune system strong and maintain high levels of saliva in the mouth at all times. But certain sugary and stodgy foods cause more havoc with your teeth and gums and can be harder to remove from around your mouth, so you will need to be aware of this. On the flip side of this though, things like celery, cranberries and raisins are incredibly good and healthy for your gums. It can be a bit of a minefield to tread, but the answer here is moderation, balance and education. Talk with your hygienist or a dietician so that you learn about the best nutritional foods for both your mouth and body. No-one is suggesting that you should abstain from a blow-out every now and then, but if you are putting in a strong core of food each day as well, you should keep your body and mouth strong throughout your life and give you the chances to fight off the evils that threaten your mouth each day in central Leeds.