Life can get pretty busy. So it can be easy to forget that some of the small choices we make every day can affect our oral health. In particular, the food we eat can have a profound impact on the way our teeth and gums feel, function, and look. Our oral health routine also plays an important role.
Everything in moderation
Food and drink are a major factor governing the state of our oral health. Sweet or acidic foods are notorious for weakening tooth enamel, which can lead to decay or cavities. Red wine, coffee, tea and fizzy drinks may be tempting, but it’s good to drink them in moderation.
Whiten your teeth naturally
Luckily, it’s not all bad news. There are plenty of foods that actually help to whiten your teeth naturally, and they’re every bit as nice as the unhealthy stuff. Apples, pineapples, raisins, cheese, nuts, strawberries and broccoli all help to keep your smile nice and bright, and taste great too (just not all at the same time).
When to brush
It’s important to brush twice a day, for at least two minutes per session. This removes any plaque that’s built up on your teeth during the day, helping to minimize discoloration. Using an electric toothbrush like a Philips Sonicare is a great way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your brushing time.