Brushing your teeth two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing them each day and having two annual check-ups with a dentist each year can help keep your teeth healthy. However other things like diet, smoking and drinking alcohol can have an impact on dental health.
A healthy diet
What you eat and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth. A healthy diet contains foods from different groups, including fruit and vegetables, starchy foods (rice, pasta, bread and potatoes), some protein-rich food (such as fish, meat, eggs and lentils) and some dairy foods.
Limiting the amount of sugar you eat and drink can help prevent tooth decay. Try to have sugary foods and drinks only at mealtimes and not between meals. And even though a glass of fruit juice counts towards your five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, it also contains sugar. When having sugary foods or drink with a meal, it can be less damaging to your teeth than if you eat or drink it on its own. Try to drink fruit juice only at mealtimes.
Smoking can prevent you from having gleaming, healthy teeth. Smoking turns your teeth yellow, causes bad breath and increases your risk of gum disease, breathing problems and lung cancer. If you smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day, you’re six times more likely to develop mouth cancer than someone who doesn’t smoke. So giving up smoking is important if you want to look and feel better.
Alcohol and tooth decay
Excessive alcohol can erode the enamel on the outside of your teeth, leading to decay. If this happens, you may need to go to the dentist for a filling.
A whiter smile
If you want to keep your teeth as white as possible, try to cut out substances that can stain them. Wine, cigarette smoke, tea and coffee can all discolor teeth. Keep these to a minimum or cut them out completely to stop your teeth from becoming stained. If you have stains that have built up your Dentist can provide teeth whitening (or bleaching), which is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.