Who is looking forward to indulging on food and alcohol this weekend? We all over do it during the holiday season but unfortunately it can be dangerous on our teeth, especially acidic fruits, red wines, chocolate and coffee.
Below are a few suggestions and tips on foods that can help keep your smile healthy:
Cheese: It is rich in calcium, which promotes healthy teeth, and it also balances out the PH in your mouth which lessens the damaging effects of acidic fruits and drinks.
Nuts: Peanuts (unsalted if possible) contain calcium and vitamin D, both vital for oral health as well as your general health. Walnuts, which are often used in puddings and cakes, also contain zinc fibre, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, vitamin E & B6, potassium and zinc – which play an important role in keeping our teeth and gums healthy.
Broccoli: Broccoli and carrots in particular are great for your oral health as they contain vitamin A which help strengthens the tooth enamel.
Raw dippers: Crudités promote good oral health because, as they are eaten raw, they massage your gums, which encourage blood flow and cleans your teeth naturally.
Turkey: The humble turkey provides us with a great source of protein, which is rich in phosphorus. By eating plenty of protein you will help reduce tooth decay and keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Food and Drinks to Avoid:
Wine: We all love a glass of wine or two, but white wine can be very acidic and contribute to enamel erosion. Red wine can also increase the risk of staining, especially if you forget to brush your teeth.
Processed cereals: Breakfast may not be the most important meal when it comes to the festive season, but if you’re looking to grab something quick and easy to set you up for the day try to avoid processed cereals as you’ll be amazed at how much sugar they contain. Either clean your teeth before you eat or half an hour after, to avoid damaging your enamel.
Sweets, biscuits and cakes: Try to keep them to a minimum as sugars are a prime cause of dental decay.
Fizzy drinks: If you like a bit of fizz in your soft drinks or mixers why not opt for soda water. Fizzy drinks are loaded with sugar and even sugar-free or diet drinks are still acidic, which can cause tooth enamel to erode away. But, if you can’t resist them, use a straw as this will lessen direct contact with your teeth.
Schedule a cleaning after the holiday call:
JC Duncan Dental