You’ve heard the saying ‘everything in moderation’. We’re all guilty of a sneaky red wine or a sweet treat every now and then, thinking a little extra here and there won’t have much of an impact on oral health. Sweet, acidic and strongly coloured foods may make your tastebuds dance, but they also lead to discolouration, decay and even cavities. While we’re not suggesting you kick wine, coffee, tea, fruit and soft drinks entirely, it’s good to keep an eye on your consumption and serving sizes.
What can I snack on instead?
When you start researching dental care and natural whitening, it can feel like all the food groups are against you, but it isn’t true. The following foods are great for your teeth, helping rid your mouth of plaque and promoting saliva generation:
- Raw carrots
- Raw broccoli
Whip up a trail mix, munch on a salad and make sure your daily snacks include plenty of fruit and vegetables. Look after your body and you’ll look after your teeth!
Any more tips?
If you can’t say no to a tall glass of OJ or a pinot noir, enjoy your beverage and rinse your mouth out with water afterward. You’ll wash at least some of the remnant acid away.
Why shouldn’t I eat dark foods?
Because teeth are porous, they retain the natural dyes within richly coloured foods and drinks. Of course, provided you’re brushing and flossing regularly, a sachet of soy sauce won’t hurt with your next serve of sushi.