This is definitely something to chew on: If our bodies get out of shape, we gain weight, we start to feel unfit and we tend to this problem by going on a diet and watching what we eat – avoiding some foods and eating more of others. If teeth get out of shape, they get decay.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), our teeth don’t respond so visibily or noticeably as our bodies do when we are not treating our teeth right. This is why prevention is so important.
Certain foods can actually help protect your pearly whites. There are foods that make your teeth strong and contribute to a healthy enamel. Here is a list of the top 10 foods you should eat to keep your oral hygiene at its peak.
- Dairy food – cheese, milk, sugar-free yoghurt. Teeth soak up calcium found in dairy products like a sponge.
- Fresh fruit
- Beans and lentils
- Sugar-free chewing gum- Chewing sugar-free gum straight after a meal for 20minutes is good for your teeth. This is because chewing gum stimulates your saliva, and saliva is really good for your teeth. Teeth just love bathing in it. Kissing someone with too much saliva, that on the other hand is not a pleasant experience.
8 Healthy foods that people don’t realise have hidden sugar and can lead to cavities.
This list of food is food that people often have on a daily or regular basis. It is the regularity of eating these foods that leads to cavities. It can be quite deceiving because you’re eating healthy for the body without realising you’re damaging your smile.
- Soy milk – has added sugar
- Almond milk – some have added sugar. Make sure you buy the one without added sugar
- Dried fruit – eating dried fruit
- Honey – honey is another form of sugar. Commonly added to yoghurt or tea instead of sugar. Unfortunately your teeth don’t know any better. From your teeth’s point of view, honey and sugar are the same thing.
- Ketchup – sugar.
- Dressing – if you make your own dressing, don’t add sugar or honey.
- Protein shakes and protein bars- read the label as many have added sugar
What to do if you’ve had any of the above foods?
Either of the following is a start:
- Chew sugar-free gum
- Brush your teeth
- Mouthwash that contains fluoride
When quality is less important than frequency:
Tips when you’re going to eat a ‘cheeky food’, using a chocolate bar as an example: it’s better to eat the entire chocolate bar all at once, rather than taking a bite every half hour. Frequency is more important than quantity. It’s also better to have the chocolate bar as dessert (straight after a meal) rather than as a snack on its own.