Oral health is linked to the food and drinks that we consume and the frequency of consumption. When we consume food and drink, the bacteria in our mouth acts on the sugars and converts the sugars into acid. The acid reacts with tooth enamel and over prolonged periods, this leads to dental cavities. As such, being conscious of our eating and drinking habits reduce dental cavities and improve oral health. Here are some tips for a tooth-friendly diet:
* Eat food high in calcium and phosphorous
Examples of such food include milk, cheese, nuts and meats. Calcium and phosphorous in these foods help to counteract the effects of the acid by aiding in the remineralization process.
* Eat fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are good for the teeth because of their high water content. The water in these food helps to wash away the bacteria in the mouth as well as dilute the acids produced by the bacteria. A caveat is that fruits and vegetables which are acidic (lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits) should be consumed with other food.
* Avoid food and drink high in sugar
Some examples of food high in sugar include candy, ice cream, cake, biscuits, cookies, muffins. Drinks high in sugar include soft drinks, energy drinks, juices, lemonade and coffee/tea with sugar. Food and drink, which are high in sugar, provide a good environment for bacteria to thrive. The acid produced by the bacteria will result in tooth decay.