Nutrition is an important part of overall health. Dr Edalat’s team always emphasises the importance of a healthy diet on maintaining your beautiful smile and overall health. An anti-inflammatory diet reduces the chronic acid attack that cause tooth decay, bone loss & gums disease, and many systemic diseases. A diet consisting of about 80% raw food meaning fruits and vegetables is the essence of the anti inflammatory diet. This along with avoiding processed foods and drinks will maintain your health and improve your quality of life.

A balanced diet

Eating right needs to be a daily habit, just like brushing and flossing.

Eating a balanced diet will help boost your body’s immune system, so you will be less vulnerable to oral disease. It will also provide you with the nutrients your body needs to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums.

So what is a balanced diet? It includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, moderate portions of protein, complex carbohydrates like whole grains and beans, low-fat dairy products and unsaturated fats.

Frequency and timing

Good nutrition plays a large role in your dental health, and that includes what you eat and how often you eat. Every time you eat a sweet or starchy food, the bacteria in your mouth feast on it and produce acids that attack your teeth.

An acid attack can last 20 minutes or longer, until your saliva is able to help neutralize the acids and repair the enamel on your teeth. So, the more often you eat, the more your teeth are exposed to these acids, and the less time there is for saliva to do its job. Eventually, the acids dissolve the tooth enamel and cause decay.

Food suggestions

You should limit the amount of sodas you drink and other beverages that contain sugar.

One of the main causes of tooth decay is soda. A 12-ounce can of soda contains about 12 teaspoons of sugar. Soda also contains phosphoric and citric acids that dissolve the protective layer of enamel on your teeth.

Combining starches and sweets in a meal with proteins and fats helps stimulate saliva production. So, if you eat dessert, eat it with your meal, not sometime afterwards.

It has also been found that certain foods like nuts, cheese, onions, and many teas actually slow the decay process.

To maximize your nutrition and your dental health, eat a well-balanced diet. Limit sugary, starchy and sticky foods and drinks, and avoid between-meal snacking.




Soft Drinks

Dental erosion caused by soft drinks


The beverage of choice

For many people, soft drinks are the beverage of choice. But if you drink them all day long, you may not realize the damage you can be doing to your teeth. The damage is two-fold.

Tooth decay caused by soft drinks

First, soft drinks can contain 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

So, when you drink a soda, you are essentially bathing your teeth in liquid sugar.

The bacteria that naturally live on your teeth feed on that sugar and produce acid. Without proper care, the acid dissolves the surface of your teeth and creates a cavity.

The acids wash over your teeth, affecting the entire tooth structure. Over time, they erode the hard, protective enamel, causing your teeth to get thinner and expose the sensitive dentin layer inside your tooth.

When the dentin layer is exposed, you may become sensitive to hot, cold, and sweet foods. And your teeth can appear yellow.

As your teeth continue to get thinner, the edges can crumble and lose their natural shape. When the enamel is worn away, it exposes the dentin layer to both decay and pain.

This is not a problem only for adults. Children and teens can have frequent access to soft drinks. Because their teeth are still forming, the damage to them can be great.

Colas (regular and diet), sports drinks, energy drinks, vitamin waters, fruit juices, teas, blended coffee drinks and wine all contain the sugars that can damage your teeth. A 16-ounce blended coffee drink can contain 500 calories and 69 grams of sugar.

Better choices

Your best choices for a beverage are milk, and of course, fluoridated water. If you must drink soft drinks—
Use a straw.

  • Do not drink for extended periods of time.
  • Do not hold the liquid in your mouth before swallowing.
  • Cut down on the amount you consume.
  • After you drink, rinse your mouth with fluoridated water.
  • Wait at least 20 minutes before brushing.

With smarter choices and regular check-ups, you can protect the health of your teeth for years to come.



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