Unhealthy eating habits such as excessive sugar in our diets, smoking or drinking can have a serious impact on our oral health.
Having a healthy and balanced diet can alter every aspect of our health, including our energy levels, our appearance our physical health and of course the health of our teeth.
The food and drink we eat everyday can seriously impact the health of our teeth, and if we eat too much of the wrong stuff, such as sugary foods and drinks it could lead to tooth decay.
A balanced diet should include lots of fruit and vegetables, along with starchy foods including bread, rice and potatoes. Try to consume these foods in wholegrain form and when eating potatoes try to leave the skin on. Your daily diet should also include sources of protein and low-fat dairy.
Foods with high fat and high sugar content should be kept to a minimum and for the health of our teeth we should try to avoid snacking in between meals.
When it comes to the health of our teeth sugars in our food and drink, are one of the biggest contributors to tooth decay, especially if we eat them between meals.
It's important to remember that sugars found naturally in whole fruit are not as likely to contribute to tooth decay because the sugar is stored in the structures of the fruit. However, once you blend or juice the fruit the sugars are released and can cause more damage to the teeth. This is also true for dried fruit which releases more sugar and sticks to the teeth thus leading to more tooth decay.
It's best to limit your intake of fruit juice to a small (150ml) portion per day, this is for juice and smoothies, and should be drunk at mealtimes. Try to stick to whole fresh fruit and eat them as part of your meal instead of using them as a between meal snack. This will all help towards preventing tooth decay.
Beware full sugar fizzy drinks and sugary snacks. Instead opt for sugar free diluting juice or water and for a snack why not try a cracker or some cottage cheese. Remember, even sugar free fizzy drinks can cause dental problems because of the acids added when they are manufactured.
Along with staining your teeth and fillings yellow, smoking can contribute to bad breath and may lead to gum disease. Smoking can cause mouth cancer, harms your oral health and general health in many different ways, find out more about smoking and get help to quit.
Due to the acidic content in some alcoholic drinks it can dissolve the surface of teeth, which eventually will become so eroded you can lose enamel, if this continues the only option will be to visit your dentist for a crown or veneer.
Drinking alcohol in excessive quantities can also lead to an increased risk of developing mouth cancer. This risk is amplified further when the effects of smoking and excessive drinking are combined. If you want to learn more about the harmful effects of drinking and how you can cut down head over to our dedicated alcohol page.