Whatever your diet, it’s likely you eat certain types of food, and drink certain types of beverages, that can cause problems with your mouth, teeth and gums. In this post, our friendly orthodontists, based near Manchester, advise on what these might be, alternatives to try, and what could happen to your smile in the long-run with poor food choices.
What is the best type of diet to have?
First of all, it’s helpful to acknowledge what a good diet is in terms of keeping your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. As with your general health, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is ideal, as well as one which includes foods such as wholegrains, lean proteins and a range of vitamins and minerals (for example, vitamin C is great for gum health, while the all-essential calcium strengthens teeth). Our orthodontists recommend getting your daily vitamins and minerals in your diet, but if in doubt, discuss supplements with your doctor.
What should I avoid?
Generally speaking, sugary and acidic foods aren’t recommended, as they can affect your smile. This is because they can cause a build-up of bacteria and plaque, which can lead to decay, infection and even tooth loss in the future. Try to limit these types of foods in your diet and, if not possible, ensure you keep up with regular orthodontic check-ups and employ a good oral health routine at home.
What about if I have braces?
Braces, such as Invisalign, don’t require any sort of ‘special diet’ (unlike fixed braces), the simple reason being that they should be removed for eating. However, it’s worth mentioning that Invisalign, and indeed any type of brace, should be properly cleaned and cared for alongside regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. This helps prevent damage to the appliances and to your smile.
What else could be a problem?
There are a few ‘hidden dangers’ in your food, for example:
Sticky foods – again, as brace specialists, we advise avoiding these if you have Invisalign or another appliance. These include things such as toffees and chews, which are difficult to clean away from the surfaces of the teeth.
Seeds with pips – fruits with pips, such as raspberries, strawberries etc, can easily get stuck between the teeth. It’s important to brush and floss after eating these.
Crunchy foods – things like ice can cause fractures and chips to the teeth. In turn, this can lead to damage of the gums, which could become infected.
The main culprits…
Here are a few foods listed by the NHS as being leading causes of tooth decay:
- cakes & biscuits
- soft drinks, such as cola, fruit juice
- sweets & chocolate
- flavoured milks and yoghurts
- cereals & cereal bars
- fruit canned in syrup
- sauces, including pasta sauce and ketchup
Contact us today
Are you interested in Invisalign in Stockport? Want a healthier smile? Or need advice on anti-ageing your smile? Our team of expert orthodontists are ready and waiting to help. Get in touch today to find out how we can help here at our practice near Manchester.