Diet and nutrition plays a vital part in the health of our bodies, and this applies to our teeth and mouth too. Most of you are aware of the obvious foods that are the enemies of your teeth (sugar, sugar and more sugar), but at Gaskell Avenue Dental in Knutsford, Cheshire, we’re often asked what foods and drinks are actually good for the teeth. So, let’s take a look at our four top tips for tooth health through diet…
Chew on cheese
This is sure to go down very well with lots of you, I mean who doesn’t love cheese?! Not only does this delicious dairy product contain calcium and protein – two essential ingredients for healthy teeth – studies have found that eating cheese can lower the risk of tooth decay thanks to its properties that raise the pH of the mouth. Chewing on cheese also increases saliva in the mouth, making it an excellent way to finish any meal… so don’t be afraid to bring out the cheese board!
Eat your greens
We know, we sound like your mum, but eating your greens really is so beneficial for your overall health. Thanks to veggies like broccoli, spinach and kale being so calcium rich, they are great news for your teeth, too! For anyone who is watching the calories, green veg is a great addition to any meal thanks to them being low in calories while filling you up for longer, so don’t be afraid to get your daily fix of greens!
Let’s go nuts
Nuts are a great source of protein, calcium and good fats, making them another excellent choice for good oral and overall health. For anyone who doesn’t eat or drink dairy products, try almond or cashew milk as a great, calcium-rich alternative to cow’s milk.
Water, water, water
There’s no getting away from it, the best way to quench your thirst while keeping your gnashers happy is to choose water every time. Your morning cup of tea or coffee might wake you up but it also is one of the worst culprits for staining, while alcoholic beverages are one of the leading risk factors that contribute to oral cancer. If you want to keep your dental team happy, keep your consumption of sugary drinks very low, too!