Whenever it comes to the health of our teeth ,don’t we all have a natural tendency to directly link it to way we brush or the time we take to maintain our oral hygiene?
Well the truth is in reality, our diet plays an equal if not a greater role in preventing cavities and maintaining those pearly whites
So first let's understand how does one get a cavity In the tooth?
On the intake of food, the bacteria in our mouth convert sugar and carbohydrates in the food into acids and it is the acid which attacks our teeth starting the decay process.
The good news is that we can easily avoid cavities by modifying the kind of food we eat.
- Fruits and vegetables require chewing, help release saliva which wash away the acids. Best options are apples and carrots
- Calcium rich food products such as Cheese,milk, yoghurt help in forming strong bones and teeth
- Whole grain foods, legumes, sprouts, lean meat,fish and poultry are all good for the oral health
Foods to avoid:
- Cookies, pies, biscuits, cakes, etc. have high sugar content which produces acid and harms the tooth. Chips,whitebreads though not sugary, they still contain starch which on intake immediately converts into sugar.
- Snacking in between meals is extremely harmful, instead have them occasionally along with meals.
- Sugary drinks and beverages should be limited as they provide constant sugar exposure to the tooth and also cause stains on teeth. Sipping these drinks with a straw is advised and we should remember to rinse thereafter.
- Drinking 12 to 14 glasses of water will help us reach our optimum levels of fluoride, which protects us from cavities
- Drinking ample amount of water also washes away sticky food and stains from the junk food we consume
Watching what you eat and ofcourse proper brushing of teeth along with regular dental health checkups can easily keep those cavities at bay
So, eat right and keep that beautiful healthy smile on!