Dietary advice:

When it comes to following a healthy diet, many of us know that the old saying 'we are what we eat' is very true. But did you know that your diet is also reflected in your smile? A diet filled with frequent sugary snacks and drinks can have a devastating effect on our teeth and gums, whereas a healthy diet can help us keep our teeth for life.

 

To help keep your teeth healthy, it is advised that you eat only three or four times a day, avoiding the temptation to snack in between – and if you must snack, then choose something that has minimal amounts of sugar in it, such as cheese, raw vegetables or breadsticks.

 

This is because every time you eat or drink something sugary, your teeth undergo an attack from acids caused by the sugar reacting with the bacteria in your mouth. If these attacks happen too often, your teeth can suffer decay. 

 

In addition, you should avoid acidic or fizzy drinks, as these can cause tooth erosion, Tooth erosion is a common problem. It is the gradual erosion of tooth enamel by the action of acid on the hard outer coating (enamel) of your teeth which is gradually worn away by repeated acid attacks.

 

Many foods contain acids - fruit juice or tea, fizzy drinks (including fizzy water).  After your teeth are exposed to acid, the enamel is a little softened. The action of calcium and other mineral salts in the saliva can help to naturalize and reverse this softening. Therefore try to

 

 

Some example for beneficial foods for teeth are:

 

 

Harmful foods: