It’s no secret that certain food and drink will contribute to dental damage. However, there are some lesser well-known foods and dental habits that can jeopardise the health of your gums and teeth, including specific diets which we will explore below.
Lemon and water drink
Many of us like to start the day with fresh lemon and water, an increasingly popular detox method for the stomach and to cultivate a better complexion. However, the acidity in lemons can cause damage to your tooth enamel if consumed too often or without a proper oral hygiene routine to accompany the high amount of acidity.
Fruit is a vital source of fibre and nutrients and can promote healthy skin and feed your body the components it needs to feel energised and strong. However, it is important to remember that fruit contains high levels of sugar and in recent years fruit smoothies have seen a resurgence in popularity. Unfortunately many smoothie brands add sugar and can be misleading with their information; be sure to check the label to see exactly what you’re drinking. Natural sugars alone can erode tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay, so limit your smoothie intake (even those made at home without added sugar) to avoid this. Using straw will help to avoid contact between your teeth and the smoothie.
Did you know that drastically cutting calories and following a low carb/high protein diet can cause bad breath because of chemicals known as ketones? Diets such as Atkins and the Keto diet are examples of diets that follow this layout; when the body is forced into fat-burning mode, these chemicals are released. Cutting out carbs should be seen as a temporary solution in order to avoid this. Good oral hygiene and drinking plenty of water will also help to keep bad breath at bay.
Consuming too much natural sugar (as discussed above) will affect gum health. Diets that contain high levels of sugar can cause insulin levels to peak and the plummet and overtime this affects the structure of collagen in the body – long term this weakens your gum health.
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