Healthy Eating

Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 January 2021

 Healthy Eating

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Why does healthy eating matter?

Food and drink are the most common problem in the dental world.

How can I tell what's healthy?

You will not always be able to tell whether a product will harm your teeth.

Milk and water are safe drinks. So are tea and coffee if you do not add sugar to them. Fruit, vegetables, dairy products (such as cheese) and starchy products (such as bread, rice and pasta) are all safe foods.

Remember these rules:

  • Clean your teeth twice a day
  • Don't eat sugary, sticky erosive foods more than five times a day.
  • Eat at least five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day.

During the day when you cannot clean your teeth, think about chewing sugar-free gum. Chewing gum increases flow of saliva around the mouth, helping remove bits of food. Also saliva contains minerals as well as toothpaste containing fluorides that will help mend teeth after they have been attacked by plaque.

What are the benefits?

  • A healthy diet and good oral hygiene should prevent most dental problems.
  • Nutritionists give the same advice as dentists about healthy eating. If you aim to improve dental health you will overall improve the whole bodies' health.