By Jalal Bek
At any age, healthful foods can lead to a healthy body and smile.
It’s not only what we eat, but also when and how much we eat that influence our health.
In fact, food has such an integral role that an unbalanced diet impacts our general well-being. But those effects can be noticeable even in our teeth! But just as an unbalanced diet can harm us, a balanced diet, on the contrary, can do just the opposite.
Then what comprises a balanced diet?
A diet that includes a variety of nutrients that our bodies need: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, mineral salts, and water. These can be met with sufficient, well-balanced amounts if, every day, our menus include:
Meats, fishes or eggs
Breads, cereal, rices or pastas
Dairy (milk, yoghurts and cheeses)
Rinsing our mouth at the end of a meal to eliminate the food particles that are stuck between teeth and limit acidic peaks, which attack and erode your teeth
In addition to what we eat, we need to consider also how many times we eat during the day, a factor that influences our oral health.
To reduce the eroding of your teeth during the day, try to consume less sweets during meals and avoid drinking beverages with sugar like soda.
Why do good food habits allow for good oral health?
If you eat food or sugary drinks—in particular outside of meals and do not brush your teeth twice a day—you take a big risk to develop dental caries and periodontal diseases which can lead to the loss of teeth. Plaque is a fine sticky deposit forming constantly on the surface of teeth, and when eating or drinking sugary substances, the bacteria in dental plaque metabolize these sugars and produce acids, which attack the enamel.
Overtime, the enamel dissolves and caries form, revealing the necessity of maintaining proper dental hygiene by brushing, meticulously, effectively, and daily. Otherwise calculus or tartar, a type of hardened dental plaque, may form, which creates a rough surface, one that is more conducive for plaque formation and gives rise to periodontal diseases with a risk of receding of gums and loss of teeth.
For good oral health follow the following advice:
Brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and evening, with a fluoride toothpaste, for 2 minutes. Clean the interdental spaces with the dental floss once a day in the evening after brushing.
Eat a balanced diet and pay attention to when you eat.
Rinse your mouth with water after consuming sugary products (soda, fruit juice…)