Simply brushing and flossing your teeth isn’t quite enough to keep your oral health strong for the long-term. The nutritional value in your food diet plays a vital part in this too.
The front surface of your teeth comprises the enamel. The enamel acts as a protective layer to prevent harmful bacteria and daily wear-and-tear, and a key reason for the enamel to become weak and damage your teeth is due to certain food properties and the amount of nutritional value you consume.
Besides brushing and flossing your teeth daily, your nutritional value containing damaging food properties can actually counter this and cause unexpected damage to your teeth.
- Citrus – Highly acidic and can damage your enamel severely.
- Chewy Candy – Candy can stick between your teeth, allowing bacteria to combine with sugars to attack your enamel
- Sugars from Soda – Carbonated sugars and natural sugars from sodas lead to cavities and enamel erosion. Sports drinks also form part of this category.
- Tobacco – Tobacco can cause gum recession and tartar. These are properties for tooth decay and tooth loss.
- Pickles – Pickles contain vinegar, and consuming a high volume of vinegar can cause acid to penetrate within your teeth and cause wear-and-tear.
If you’re guilty of consuming these food properties as part of your food diet, then it’s recommended that you reduce or eliminate them entirely because there is a lack of good nutritional value in them. You’re doing more harm to your teeth than good. Replace these harmful food properties with the following properties that contain the right nutritional value your teeth need.
Calcium is a key source for the enamel to remain strong, along with the underlying dentin and bone. You can gain nutritional value in calcium within foods such as dairy, milk, green leafy vegetables (kale, okra and spinach), soya and fish as part of a balanced diet. You may have heard the term enamel demineralization, where the enamel works to protect the inner layers of your teeth from acids and harmful bacteria. Calcium is a key source for this to happen.
Vitamin C is especially beneficial for gum health. It contains the nutritional value that strengthens your gums and soft tissue inside of the mouth to prevent early signs of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and you want to ensure that alongside a strong oral routine, you’re eating foods such as broccoli, sprouts, potato, fruit (pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, mango) and citrus from juice.
Phosphorous, along with calcium, work together to build strong bones and teeth. If you suffer from a phosphorous deficiency, this can introduce numerous side effects such as fragile bones, stiff joints and poor tooth development. Add the following foods to your diet: Oatmeal, dry meat, milk, egg, lentils and dry nuts.
Those starchy and sugary foods we all love unfortunately does more damage to your oral health than you think, even if you maintain a strong oral routine. The bacteria can quickly build up inside your mouth to cause cavities and tooth decay. Although you can clean your mouth by brushing, flossing and tongue scraping, It is important that you reduce you avoid the foods picked above so your smile can prosper for longer.
Are you seeking advice on the nutritional value you can eat for a strong and healthy smile? Contact our helpful Burwood Dental Care team and we’d be happy to support you and your smile. Check in here to book an appointment today!