Do not eat or drink anything more than 7 times a day
Many foods can damage the enamel of your teeth. That is not a problem in itself. Your teeth will recover automatically over time. Saliva plays an important role in this. Saliva neutralizes acid and thus has a protective effect. If you eat too often on one day, your teeth will not get a chance to recover. That is why it is detrimental to your teeth if you eat all day or drink certain drinks.
What is the influence of food and drink on my teeth?
Virtually all of our food and drinks contain sugars and starch. Dental plaque consists of bacteria and products from bacteria. They convert sugars and starch in the mouth into acids. These acids cause cavities in your teeth. Sugars are added to many foods, such as sweets, cakes and soft drinks. But there are also sugars naturally in products, for example in fruit. Starch is found in potatoes, pasta, bread, crackers and legumes. If you often use foods that contain sugar and starch, you run a greater risk of cavities in your teeth.
What is the influence of drinks on my teeth?
In addition to sugars that cause cavities, soft drinks, fruit juice, yoghurt drinks and wine also contain acids. You hardly taste the acid. The sugar dominates the sour taste. Acids affect your tooth enamel. This makes your teeth wear. This form of wear is called dental erosion. Dental erosion is a creeping process that is not easy to repair. It is not just about how many acidic products you eat and drink. The more often you do this and the longer you keep acidic products in your mouth, the greater the chance of dental erosion. The way you eat and drink also influences. If dental erosion is not controlled, acids can dissolve the tooth enamel and then even the exposed dental bone. Water, coffee and regular tea without sugar are not harmful to your teeth.
How often can I eat and drink without the risk of holes?
The chance of cavities is small if you eat or drink three main meals a day and a maximum of four times in between. Then your teeth will have sufficient opportunity to recover.
Are light products better for my teeth?
Sugar-free light products such as sweets for coffee or light drinks contain sugar catchers. These products do not cause cavities. Light drinks do contain just as much acid as regular soft drinks. The chance of wear on your teeth as a result of acid (dental erosion) is therefore just as great with light soft drinks as with regular soft drinks.
How do I reduce the risk of wear and tear on my teeth?
Do not eat or drink products that contain acids too often. Do not take acid one hour before brushing your teeth. The acid affects the tooth enamel. The brush and toothpaste have an abrasive effect. If you brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking acid, you can easily brush away the tooth enamel. Then your teeth will wear out faster. This also applies if you brush your teeth immediately after you surrender. Then give your teeth time to recover.
For the health of my teeth, does it matter which snack I take?
The number of snacks has the most influence on the damage to your teeth. Of course you also know that a piece of fruit is better than liquorice, sweets or other sticky sweets. Foods that you need to chew properly, such as brown sandwiches, raw vegetables and fruit, also ensure that you stimulate saliva formation. Don't forget that many drinks also belong to the snacks. They can cause cavities and dental wear.
Candy wise, eat an apple. Really?
An apple or other (fresh) fruit is a sensible snack, even if it contains sugar. Fruit is not sticky and is usually eaten consecutively in one go. Moreover, fruit is healthy.
What is the effect of chewing gum?
If you chew gum, you activate the production of protective saliva. Sugar substitutes are found in most types of chewing gum. Look at it on the package and choose a sugar-free variant. Xylitol is a natural sweetener. Xylifresh
chewing bowl with 100% xylitol helps prevent plaque and is recommended by us.
What else can I do to keep my teeth healthy?
With good oral hygiene you keep teeth, molars and gums healthy. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. With the toothbrush alone you cannot properly clean the spaces between teeth. Therefore, on the advice of your practitioner, use daily brushes, floss or toothpicks.
Tips for healthy teeth
- Choose three main meals per day, so you have less need for snacks.
- Use something in between up to four times a day.
- Eat sour fruit no more than once or twice a day.
- Drink soft drinks and other acidic drinks in moderation.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Use daily brushes, floss, or toothpicks to clean the spaces between your teeth