Oral health... This isn’t something which is spoken about in the wellness world as much as it should be. We often think about health and food in relation to energy, weight, disease prevention and workouts and for some reason our teeth are often missed. As a result I thought I’d share with you my top nutrition tips for maintaining oral health.
1. Reduce your green tea- So this one may seem fairly controversial coming from me. I used to drink 5/6 cups a day and had no idea that it contributed to teeth staining. Whilst green tea is rich in antioxidants and slow releasing caffeine it makes for a healthier alternative to coffee although just limit the amount you drink for the sake of your teeth. Swap some of those cups for herbal varieties instead.
2. Brush well - whilst this isn’t directly related to nutrition, brushing helps to remove any plaque and excess food which may stay around the teeth causing acid attacks and breaking down the enamel. I recently have been using my new Foreo toothbrush which firstly looks beautiful (I got the pink one) and also makes the brushing experience super easy. It buzzes every time you should move areas and switches off after 2.5 minutes. So easy!
3. Eat your oily fish - oily fish is a great source of vitamin D and calcium. As we get older we still require calcium for our teeth (even though we typically associate this with children). Vitamin D is required for the absorption of calcium and so whilst vitamin D can be difficult to get from dietary sources you should consume them where possible. Aim for 2 portions of oily fish a week.
4. Repair your teeth - food which we consider as part of a healthy diet such as fruit can contribute to tooth decay (I am absolutely not suggesting that you never eat them I’m simply making you aware) as a result ensure you’re consuming foods which are high in phosphorus and calcium as these minerals will help to repair the damage. Foods rich include meat, fish, dairy, nuts and seeds.
5. Limit your alternative sweeteners: Alternative sweeteners are still sugar consequently they too contribute to tooth decay and should be consumed in moderation as a replacement for refined sugar not an addition.
It may seem overwhelming in order to pick the right foods not only for your overall health but also for your oral health it shouldn’t stress you out. Focus on eating a well rounded balanced diet, opt for a high quality toothbrush such as Foreo and ensure you brush twice a day.