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Healthy habits for great
Posted 8 January 2019
A healthy mouth is an integral part of a healthy body. It’s tempting to think that everyone has good dental hygiene habits. Sadly, the reality is quite different.
Tips for healthy teeth and gums
- Brush twice daily
- Floss daily
- After brushing, just spit, don’t rinse
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Chew sugar-free gum after meals
- Visit the dentist regularly.
Best foods for fighting tooth decay
- Fibre-rich fruits and vegetables
Fibre-rich foods like carrots, broccoli and apples stimulate the flow of saliva – a natural defence against decay.
- Dairy products
Calcium, found in dairy products, helps keep teeth strong and healthy. Some of the best dairy products for your teeth are milk, natural yoghurt and cheese.
- Sugar-free chewing gum
After meals or snacks, chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva production which rinses harmful acids off your teeth – reducing your risk of decay.
Worst foods for fighting tooth decay
- Sticky sugary snacks
Food that can stick to your teeth make it difficult for saliva to wash the sugars away. After eating a sugary treat, it’s best to rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum.
- Sugary carbonated soft drinks
Soft drinks, sodas and energy drinks all contain high amounts of sugar and acid which erode tooth enamel. We recommend drinking these drinks only occasionally and through a straw, so it has less contact with your teeth.
- Citrus fruits and juices
Citrus fruits and juices are high in acid which can erode your tooth enamel and lead to decay. If you’re drinking juices or lemon water, remember to rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum after.