Foods to eat to help protect your teeth
Throughout the majority of your life, you'll be equipped with one main set of teeth. It's a normal part of growing up to lose your baby teeth, only to grow permanent replacements.
If you look after them well, then the more chances that they'll stay with you through to your senior living years. However, some are not so fortunate, hence, the need for dentures to help fill the gaps, literally.
Hopefully, you're not at that stage yet, due to keeping fit and healthy during your retirement years. However, it's still important to look after your teeth, including your gums, so watch what you eat and practise good oral health habits.
A bite of oral health information
Your teeth are protected by a very hard substance called enamel. Everything you consume has a reaction in your mouth straight away, for the better or the worse.
Some foods, especially sugary sweets and drinks, come into contact with the bacteria in your mouth, which then converts those sugars and carbohydrates into acids. WebMD explains that these acids then attack the enamel on your teeth, which results in tooth decay – dental holes that are called cavities.
Poor oral health can not only be very painful, but also expensive. That's why it's crucial to maintain good hygiene standards and a healthy, balanced diet.
Here are a list of certain foods that can help to protect your teeth.
Chomp down on those cavities
Firstly, the best way to prevent tooth decay is to avoid sugar. Cutting down on this substance not only benefits your teeth and gums, but also your health.
Opt for sugar-free substitutes, and reduce the amount of sugary sweets, coffee, tea and snacks you eat. According to WebMD, sugar alternatives provide less resources for the bacteria in your mouth to turn into decaying acids.
If you have a sweet tooth, then instead of nibbling on a snack or sipping a drink, munch it down in one go. It means less exposure time for sugars to destroy your enamel-coated chompers.
It's also a good idea to supplement water between sweet foods, so that you're rinsing the sugars out of your mouth, as well as hydrating your body.
The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests eating the following foods to help your dental hygiene:
- Plain yoghurt
- Leafy greens
- Nuts, specifically almonds
The dairy foods are high in calcium among many other nutrients. Meat and eggs are high in proteins, which, as the ADA explains, are vital in protecting and rebuilding teeth enamel.
This just highlights the importance of your diet, especially as seniors over 65 years or so have experienced many more years of chewing, chomping and consuming.
Last but not least, brush your teeth at least twice a day to help protect those pearly whites!