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Hanwell dentists help you know what foods are good for your teeth

27-09-2012

Diet plays a very important role in oral health and most people in Hanwell are aware of the foods and drinks that are bad for their teeth. If good health is not maintained this can lead to a need for advanced treatment such as dental implants. However, there are many foods and drinks that are beneficial for the teeth and should be consumed to enhance dental health.

Calcium-rich foods

Calcium is essential for strong, healthy teeth and eating foods and sipping drinks that are high in calcium will help to maintain the strength of the teeth and bones. Examples of calcium-rich foods include yoghurt, cheese and milk. Sugar-free milk products are good for the teeth, not only because they contain calcium, but also because they have low acidity levels and do not cause the damage of acidic foods, which weaken tooth enamel. Cheese is also beneficial because it helps to neutralise the acid in the mouth, which reduces the risk of decay. Calcium is particularly important for children, as it helps their bones to grow and develop. Children should drink whole milk and snack on sugar-free yoghurts and cheese to boost their calcium intake.

Fruit and vegetables

Vegetables such as broccoli, pumpkin, leafy green vegetables and carrots are high in vitamin A, which is essential for healthy teeth, skin and hair. Vitamin A is extremely important for the production of tooth enamel, which provides protection for the dentin portion of the tooth. Chewing on raw vegetables, such as carrots and celery, also helps to stimulate the gums and cleanse the mouth, because chewing produces saliva. Vitamin C, which can be found in many different fruits, is also essential for healthy gum tissue. Examples of fruits that are rich in vitamin C include strawberries, lemons, oranges and kiwis.

Water

Drinking water is beneficial for your general health but it is also very important for oral health, as water helps to keep the gums moist and rinses away food particles, which can start to decompose in the mouth and contribute to unpleasant smelling breath.

What if you don’t eat the right diet?

If you a maintain what is considered a poor level of diet this can have repercussions on your dental health. Issues like missing teeth and abscesses can arise and these can then lead to the need for treatment such as dental implants or dentures. Prevention and good diet is the best route to success.

Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT

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