The best way to healthier teeth: limit your eating and drinking moments. That sounds simple, but how can you best tackle it? What counts as an eating and drinking moment? And how do you stick to those 7 eating times per day?
This sounds short through the bend, and yet it is true. Your teeth need enough rest in between meals. If you find that the time between your eating moments is too long and you take a piece of fruit or candy, this also counts as a complete eating moment. This also includes drinking a smoothie or a light soft drink or tea.
How do you limit eating moments?
An ideal day for your teeth could look like this:
- 8.00 am: breakfast, preferably with grains, fibers and proteins and drinking water
- 10.00 am: a snack and a drink
- 12.30 pm: lunch and drinks
- 4 pm: a snack and a drink
- 6.30 pm: an evening meal with possibly a dessert
- 9 p.m.: a last snack if you need it and / or drink
As you can see you can even come to an end with 6 eating moments. You can save the seventh for a moment when you are really hungry or thirsty.
Tracking your mealtimes
Do you wonder how often you eat and drink in a day? Keep it up. Every time you put something in your mouth you make a note of it for yourself – both food and drink.
Perhaps you are pleasantly surprised with your number of eating and drinking moments. You may also be shocked at how often you mindlessly take a licorice, a handful of grapes or another snack or drink.
Are you not allowed to drink or eat anything in between? Water is ideal for in between. Moreover, if you are used to drinking water more often, you will find it more and more delicious. After a while you will notice that your soft drinks are too sweet.
Alternating with tea is possible, although pure water for your teeth is really the best, also with an eye on your teeth.
Your teeth will have extra problems with this
To handle your oral health even smarter, you can avoid eating and drinking that is extra bad for your teeth.
- Fruit and fruit juices: because of the acids and sugar. This applies in particular to citrus fruits.
- Adhesive food: such as fudge, but also fries and bread.
- Soft drinks, also light drinks. The latter do not contain sugar, but do contain acids. Sports drinks also fall under soft drinks.
- Sugar-rich food: causes tooth decay / cavities faster.
- Black coffee / tea: these can cause an attack on your teeth.
- Wine, in particular red (discolorations). White wine can make your teeth more porous.
Do you want something sweet, sour or something else tasty? Afterwards, rinse your mouth with water and let your teeth rest for a few hours by not eating or drinking anything. This is the best way to restore your teeth.