Dietary impact on dental health

The content of our food will become part of our thoughts,
feelings and body in several hours
K. Vaištarienė

Sveiki, tvirti vyresniojo amžiaus žmonių dantys – tinkamos visavertės mitybos ir gyvenimo būdo atspindys. Įvairūs maisto produktai veikia dantų paviršių ir tiesiogiai, ir jų atsparumą sąlygoja bendra organizmo būklė. Todėl posakį „Sveikame kūne sveika siela“ galima perfrazuoti į „Sveikame kūne sveiki dantys“.

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It is the value of food and not the fibre material that is essential to the health and wellbeing of our bodies. We can stuff ourselves with worthless foods and feel illusory fullness of the stomach but in actual fact our bodies will be starving, e. g. a micronutrient deficiency will weaken our teeth and bones.

A healthy and balanced diet is a troubled modern topic therefore it’s important to consider what we eat.

Fresh and wholesome foods rich in vitamins and micronutrients are especially important to the teeth of children, teens and pregnant women as these age groups have an increased demand for a natural and easily accessible source of food that is not processed and necessary for growth.

Wild edible plants are a natural source of vitamins and micronutrients for your entire body and teeth
Wild edible plants are a natural source of vitamins and micronutrients for your entire body and teeth

Nutritious foods for teeth and bones containing:

  • calcium – milk, curd, yoghurt, eggs, cauliflower;
  • essential vitamins and other micronutrients – fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts;
  • essential amino acids, accessible through moderate consumption of meat and fish.

Excessive consumption of sweets is bad for your teeth while acids decompose tooth enamel. Therefore it’s better to rinse your mouth with water after you had some sour fruit rather than brushing your teeth with toothbrush and paste.

Human teeth is the most solid structure found in the human body, however, it’s hardness is not infinite. You should always protect your teeth from any unwanted mechanical harm or unintended use, e.g. cracking nuts, flexing wires or opening bottles without a corkscrew.

„Home-made“ oral care or whitening products (soda on its own or with lemon juice) can damage tooth enamel and make way for tooth decay .

Chewing gum which is often recommended after meals cannot substitute proper brushing.

It is important to develop good oral hygiene skills from early childhood. Our highly qualified and experienced children and adult dental professionals are always  ready to help you at “Angitia”.