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Using nutrition to nourish the smiles of Teddington

Our Church Road team of dentists in Teddington are always helping patients pursue a radiant smile. The focus is often on brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups, but the impact of sugary treats and certain nutrients also plays a large part.

 

Our dentists have put together their advice on how you can help look after your oral health with your everyday diet.



Sugar? No thanks, we’re sweet enough!

 

The modern diet can pose a significant threat to oral health. Foods and drinks high in sugars and carbohydrates, such as cakes, sweets and fizzy drinks, provide the harmful bacteria in your mouth with energy. These bacteria produce acids that erode tooth enamel which can lead to cavities and decay. Moreover, frequent consumption of these types of food can contribute to plaque build-up increasing the risk of gum disease.


Acidic food & drinks

 

Acidic products can wreak havoc on tooth enamel and our Teddington dentists advise patients to avoid these foods and drinks where possible. Citrus fruits, vinegar-based dressings, and carbonated beverages contain acids that weaken enamel over time, making teeth more susceptible to damage. Acidic erosion not only compromises the structural integrity of teeth but also exposes the sensitive dentin underneath, leading to heightened sensitivity and discomfort. 


Nutrients your mouth needs

 

Prioritising a diet rich in essential nutrients can aid oral health and fortify the body’s natural defences against dental ailments.

 

  • Calcium is vital for maintaining strong teeth and can be found abundantly in dairy products like milk, cheese & yoghurt, as well as green leafy vegetables (like broccoli & cabbage), pulses, fortified unsweetened soya, pea & oat drinks, sesame seeds, tahini and calcium-set tofu.

  • Phosphorus, present in sources such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, wholegrains and pulses, works with calcium to remineralise enamel and protect against tooth decay. 

  • Vitamin C, found in fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, strawberries and peppers, helps to promote healthy gums by supporting collagen production and strengthening connective tissues.

  • Vitamin D obtained from fatty fish, fortified foods & drinks, mushrooms, soy yoghurt and sunlight exposure, further helps to enhance your dental resilience.


Stay hydrated

 

Drinking plenty of water helps to rinse away food particles, neutralise acids and stimulate saliva production. This is your body’s defence mechanism to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. It also aids better digestion and water intake is far better at improving your overall wellbeing compared to fruit juice or fizzy drinks.

 

In conclusion, the link between nutrition and oral health is undeniable and by making mindful choices, you can actively protect your teeth and gums. Contact us at Church Road Dental Centre in Teddington on 0208 977 3746  to discuss your dietary choices and to book your next appointment.

 


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