We often think about weight loss when it comes to choosing what to eat in restaurants or buy at the supermarket, but your diet also has a major influence on your dental health. It’s really important to bear your teeth in mind when you’re choosing meals and snacks. Here are some foods to include and avoid in your diet for sparkly, strong teeth.
Dairy products are really good for your teeth because they have high calcium content. Calcium is essential for strong bones, teeth and nails. You can increase your calcium intake by having cereal with milk for breakfast, natural yoghurt for dessert at lunchtime and cheese with a baked potato or pasta dish for dinner.
Fruit and vegetables contain a host of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your teeth and gums, as well as your overall health. Fruits that contain antioxidants, such as berries, are particularly good for your gums and vegetables than contain calcium contribute to healthier teeth. Examples include kale, broccoli and lettuce.
Almonds are a good source of calcium and protein, but they are also low in sugar, which makes them a great snack option.
The most dangerous foods for your teeth include those that contain a lot of sugar, particularly added sugar, and acidic foods and drinks. Examples include sweets, chocolate bars, ice lollies, cakes, biscuits, salad dressings, wine, fruit juice, fizzy drinks and sugary breakfast cereals. Always check the sugar content on food labels before you buy. Look out for the red traffic light warning. It’s also incredibly important to avoid eating sugary and acidic foods between meals, as this can cause enamel erosion.
It’s also a good idea to avoid foods that carry a risk of injury, for example, boiled sweets and popcorn. Popcorn kernels and hard sweets can chip and even fracture the teeth.
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