How your Healthy Diet could be causing Tooth Decay and ruining your Teeth
There’s an increasing trend in the UK for people to ditch their high sugar and fat intake for healthy greens and nutritious meals. Whether it’s a juice diet or gluten free goodness, is there a hidden danger behind your health kick?
In terms of oral wellbeing, your choice of healthy snacks could be detrimental to your teeth. Swapping sweets for strawberries might seem like a better alternative, yet many fruits contain high levels of sugars such as fructose and glucose, which can cause dental decay. Additionally, although a balanced diet is also essential for overall oral health, acidic foods are likely to break down the enamel of the surface of your teeth.
So, what foods should we be aware of?
Although a great source of vitamins, fruit juices which are known to be highly acidic include grapefruit and lemon juice. High levels of acidity mean teeth are affected each time you drink. In order to counteract the effect of the acid, try eating something alkaline like cheese, or perhaps drinking milk to reduce the effects of high acid intake.
The acidic nature of many fruits that are made into smoothies, are often only considered healthy if they are consumed as a whole. Juicing diets and highly-concentrated fruit smoothies can damage the outer shell of teeth; we would recommend that you try drinking through a straw which can help prevent extensive damage by keeping the liquids consumed away from the surface of the teeth.
Yoghurts are considered as a healthy snack compared to sweets or chocolate, especially for children. However, ordinary fruit yoghurts contain surprisingly high amounts of added sugar, so the British Dental Health Foundation’s advice is to consume yoghurts during your meal times rather than using them as a snack in between meals.
And finally, Sugar-free Chewing Gum
You are doing the right thing by opting for sugar-free chewing gum, which as well as freshening the breath, stimulates the flow of saliva and provides additional protection against decay. However, excessive use of gum can increase tooth wear on the molar grinding surfaces, so the key is moderate use only and for a short period of time after meals!
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