Food and drinks for healthy teeth

Posted on 10 July, 2020 || Tags: | | | |
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Good teeth enable us to eat and enjoy a wide variety of nutritional food. But what we eat also affects our teeth.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay is one of the most serious effects of diet on teeth. Each time we consume food and drinks that contain sugars, our teeth are attacked by dietary acids produced by the bacteria present in our mouth.

Amount of sugar in common drinks
DrinkAdded sugar content
Waternone
Flavoured water2.5 tsp 
Plain milknone
Carton flavoured milk (1 cup/250 ml)3 tsp 
Carton fruit juice (1 cup/250 ml)7 tsp 
Energy drink (1 cup/250 ml can)7 tsp 
Sports drink (600 ml bottle)10 tsp 
Fizzy drink (1 can/355 ml)10 tsp 

Dental erosion

Dental erosion is the loss of the surface of the tooth caused by acids in food and drinks. Acidic food and drinks (with a pH lower than 5.5) cause the enamel in teeth to dissolve.

pH scale – food, drinks, common liquids.

pH (acid level) of common drinks
DrinkAcid content
Water7 (pH neutral)
Plain milk6.8
Apple juice3.3
Grapefruit juice3.2
Orange juice3.7
Fizzy drinks2.4–3.2
Wine3.7
Sports drinks2.8–3.4

A tooth friendly diet

To keep your teeth healthy, you should:

  • reduce how much and how often you have sugary food and drinks (especially if it’s added sugar)
  • have a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, wholegrain starchy food and food that is low in sugars and fat
  • choose healthy food for snacks instead of sweet food and drinks (the more time your teeth are in contact with sugars and acids, the more likely the teeth are to decay or erode)
  • have a glass of water after eating.

Good teeth enable us to eat and enjoy a wide variety of nutritional food. But what we eat also affects our teeth.

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