What we eat has a big impact on our oral hygiene. The right food choices not only contribute to healthy teeth and gums, but also our overall health. We all know that foods that are high in sugar are bad for our teeth so while including tooth-healthy foods in our diet we should also avoid sugary foods. This World Oral Health Day let us be extra careful with what we eat.
The best foods for dental health are high-fibre fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and nuts. These foods are good for teeth and gums because they encourage saliva production which cleans the mouth. High-fibre foods also help to prevent sugar cravings. Teas can also be part of a teeth-healthy diet, but only if they are had without sugar. Both green and black teas are a good source of antioxidants that prevent cell damage. All these foods also provide the nutrients required for strong and healthy teeth and gums.
Along with eating tooth-healthy foods and avoiding the wrong foods, it is also important to have good oral hygiene habits. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing between meals, and using a mouthwash at bedtime will all help in maintaining good oral health. For more health and diet tips visit the Fitness and Nutrition sections on the Activ Living Blog.