We are what we eat and if our diet is packed full of sweet, acidic foods and drinks, the chances are good that these poor choices will be reflected in our teeth. The worst offenders feed the bacteria in our mouths. The more bacteria there are running rampant on our teeth, the greater the build-up of plaque. And as your dentist keeps reminding you, plaque is not good!
Good oral hygiene is important, but where possible try to avoid consuming too much of the following:
Citrus is good for us. It contains lots of vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and facilitates the absorption of iron from food. However, citrus fruits are also very acidic and too much acid is not good for teeth because it breaks down the enamel.
Sports drinks are full of sugar. If you are an athlete, you will need the energy boost, but for everyone else, stay away from sugary sports drinks and stick to plain water instead. Your teeth and your waistline will thank you.
Dried fruit is nutritious and tasty, but many are very sticky and tend to stay stuck to teeth for far longer than is healthy. To minimize the effects of eating dried fruit, make sure you wash it down with lots of fresh water.
Saliva helps to remove small food particles from around the teeth and dilutes mouth acid, so it’s a good thing. Drinking alcohol regularly reduces saliva production and in time, leads to gum disease and tooth decay.