ORAL HEALTH AND OUR DIET
To prevent cavities and maintain good oral health, what you eat are important factors. Changes in your mouth start immediately after you eat certain foods i.e. sugars.
Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars from the foods you eat into acids which attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. The more often you eat and snack, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay.
Healthy Eating Tips
- Teach your taste buds! Cut down and gradually reduce the amount of sugar in teas, coffees and cooking. Consuming sugary food and drink frequently during the day feeds the bacteria in our mouths leading to dental decay. Try to limit snacks to meal times.
- Beware of foods with hidden sugars and learn how to identify them on labels.
- Be careful not to consume fruit too many times during the day as this may lead to dental erosion.
- After eating acidic foods like fruit or fruit drinks, wait for about an hour before brushing your teeth to allow the tooth enamel to re-harden naturally through the action of saliva.
Whether you are looking for an energy boost, something sweet or just want to boost your nutrients, eat a piece of fresh fruit at meal times!