12 steps to healthy teeth
A well-balanced diet is the most important requirement for healthy living and healthy teeth and gums. To help you understand what’s good for you we have come up with some practical, helpful tips.
- Make sure you eat plenty of oranges and grapefruits for the Vitamin C which promotes healthy teeth and gums and aids the absorption of iron. Chewable Vitamin C can cause enamel loss from teeth.
- Strawberries packed with Vitamin C, iodine and pectin are not just delicious but also kind on your teeth as they are less acidic.
- Red, yellow and orange peppers contain more Vitamin C that any other food and are also full of beta carotene which builds and maintains teeth.
- Eggs are great because they not just contain beta carotene but also zinc, iron and Vitamin A.
- Soya milk, yogurts and cheeses, soya beans and soya flour all help preserve calcium in the body. Healthy snacks include cheese, nuts, non citrus fruits, raw vegetables with dips.
- To boost your calcium intake eat sardines with bones, canned salmon with bones or prawns.
- Oily fish is also important in your diet because it contains Vitamin D which helps our bones and teeth absorb calcium. Without Vitamin D you only absorb 10% of your calcium intake, oily fish increases the absorption to 90%.
- Broccoli is amongst the healthiest food in existence. It fights bone loss, boosts the immune system and contains more calcium than any other vegetable.
- Liquorice root is good for you as it contains glycyrrhizin and triterpenoids which fight gum disease, gingivitis and tooth decay.
- Drink lots of water as opposed to fizzy drinks and sugary juices. Fizzy drinks are acidic and cause erosion of the teeth.
- Reduce the amount of starchy, sugary foods that you consume. These increase the amount of plaque produced in the mouth which in turn decays teeth.
- Chewing gum stimulates saliva to neutralize plaque acid which causes decay.
Additional advice for healthy teeth
- Twice a day effective brushing.
- Flossing between teeth.
- Give up smoking: Smoking accelerates periodontal disease, causes bad breath, is a primary cause of mouth cancer and restricts healing of oral infections.
- Regular visits to the dentist and the hygienist.