• By 1300 SMILES
  • August 10, 2023

You are what you eat!

Your diet and nutrition play a major role in the health of your teeth and gums. 

“Eat well, smile bright.” You might’ve heard this phrase before. But did you know the depth of truth it holds? If you’re looking for a radiant smile, it’s worth understanding the relationship between what you eat and your dental health. 

Tooth decay is predominantly a diet-related disease. When you consume foods rich in sugars, they’re absorbed by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria then release acids that can erode the outer layer of your tooth enamel. So, while it might be tempting to indulge in that sugary treat, think of the long-term impact on your pearly whites! 

To ensure that your diet doesn’t negatively affect your teeth, we’ve got 4 tips to keep in mind:

1. Drink lots of water

There’s a simple solution that can make a world of difference – water! Not only is it calorie-free and the cheapest drink you can find, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for your teeth.

Even better, in most parts of Australia tap water is fluoridated, offering an added defence against tooth decay. So, next time you’re thirsty, skip the sugary drink and choose water, it’ll make a big impact on the health of your teeth.  

2. Limit snacking between meals

Saliva is a natural defender against decay, as it neutralises the harmful acids in our mouth. However, frequent snacking can compromise its effectiveness. When you snack often, your teeth are constantly exposed to acid attacks. So it’s best to give you teeth a break in between meals and hold back from the snacks!  

If you can’t stop yourself from grabbing a snack, then try be mindful of the type of snack you’re grabbing! It’s best to limit sugary treats to mealtimes and avoid continuous snacking on foods that have hidden sugars, such as biscuits, cereals, and even dried fruits. 

3. Hidden Sugars – A silent culprit 

It’s easy to point fingers at candies and soft drinks, but many other foods can be just as detrimental. Foods like biscuits, crackers, and even dried fruits can break down into sugars once in the mouth, leading to acid attacks on the enamel. Always be vigilant and read ingredient labels. 

4. Chew on Sugar-Free Gum 

Chewing gum might not seem like a dental-friendly habit, but there’s a twist. Opting for sugar-free gum can be a game-changer for dental health. Studies suggest that chewing on sugar-free gum for about 20 minutes post meals can stimulate saliva production, counteracting acid attacks. Just ensure it’s truly sugar-free! 


Get your happy smile 

Your diet plays a pivotal role in determining the health of your teeth. With a few mindful changes in eating habits, you can ensure that your smile remains as radiant as ever. Remember, a happy mouth is often a result of a happy plate! 



Content courtesy of: https://www.ada.org.au/