Did you know that 53.4 per cent of Aussies aged 65 or older experienced moderate or severe gum disease? Teeth health is one of the most neglected health concerns that people over fifty set aside because of the costs and lack of education.
However there are a few tweaks in your diet that can help you preserve your pearly whites and support gum health for a couple of years more, starting by avoiding these foods.
- Acidic foods
Citrus and natural vinegars like apple cider are excellent ingredients that makes up a healthy and balanced diet. Natural acids have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune system-boosting components that are good for you. However, frequent consumption might have some negative impact on your teeth health, because acids from food can erode enamel overtime, which is the coating that protects your teeth from cavities.
Mashed, baked, or fried, potato are a staple in the western diet. It’s delicious and almost impossible to avoid. However, potato and other root vegetables are filled with starch that quickly turns into sugar, which easily gets trapped in between teeth. Flossing after brushing ensures that no starches are stuck in between your chompers.
- Fizzy drinks
Sugar in soft drinks is your teeth’s main enemy. Even your sweetened coffee or diet sodas are just as bad. It’s best to replace your typical softdrink with honey-sweetened tea whenever possible.
Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your saliva production slows down, which leaves your mouth dry. A dehydrated mouth can lead to infections and a series of oral health problems.
- Health drinks
If you love a bottle of coco juice or a sport drinks after exercise, don’t forget to wash your mouth with a glass of water to remove sugars that may stick to your teeth. Most health drinks have high sugar content that can start teeth damage if consumed frequently.
What’s your best tip in keeping your teeth healthy? Let us know!