Q&A Health – Oral hygiene

Q: I endlessly worry that my teeth are decaying and have had a life-long fear that one day I will start losing my teeth. How can I prevent this from happening?

A: Like the rest of the body, good oral health can be supported by certain foods.

Calcium provides structural support, protects against gum disease and helps keep jaw bones strong and healthy – preventing loosening teeth. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, and vitamin C helps teeth and gums fight off bacterial infections, as well as preventing loose teeth and bleeding gums.

Sugar is sticky and therefore builds-up bacteria and plaque so, when you do consume sugary things, always try to wash them down with water.

Most sugary drinks also contain phosphorous and carbonation, which wears away the enamel on your teeth, so always drink these with a straw to limit contact.

Most people don’t manage it, but it’s recommended that you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes at a time, twice a day.

Not much to ask! However, you may have noticed the warning on a tube of toothpaste about the dangers of ingesting sodium fluoride. If concerned, avoid fluoride with a herbal toothpaste such as the Swiss company’s Bioforce Dentaforce toothpaste – they also have a mouthwash.

Finally, visit your dentist regularly; they are the key to prevention.

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