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Making healthy choices for your teeth and gums.

Preventive dentistry is all about maintaining a good oral healthcare routine to help stop problems before they start. There are lots of things you can do on a daily basis to look after your mouth, including making healthy choices for your teeth and gums when you go out to eat.

By making certain choices when you dine out, you can help to reduce your chances of tooth decay and acid erosion. Here are a few points to consider when deciding what to choose from the menu…

  •  Carbonated drinks can lead to erosion of tooth enamel

Carbon dioxide gas is used to create bubbles in fizzy drinks. This then turns into a very dilute acid in the drink, which can lead to the dissolving of tooth enamel if consumed on a regular basis.

Water, milk or herbal teas are all safe drinks for teeth and are natural sources of fluoride.

  •  Vegetables can act as natural toothbrushes

Crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery and cucumber, stimulate blood flow to the gums when eaten, and this helps to produce saliva that reduces damaging acids in the mouth.

  •   Dessert doesn’t always have to be sweet

Try swapping a sugary dessert for a cheeseboard then next time you go out to eat; cheese helps to neutralise acids in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay

Whatever you choose to eat, it’s extremely important to take good care of your teeth and gums afterwards. Visit our Nutrition page to find out more about making healthy choices for your teeth and gums.

Published: March 17th, 2014

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