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Spring has Sprung - Healthy Tips for Healthy Teeth

Updated: Dec 18, 2018


A healthy start can also mean looking after your teeth!

How many of these 'healthy teeth' questions can you answer correctly?

1:  True or False:  Chewing sugar-free gum can help prevent tooth decay

2:  Which of these foods can act as natural toothbrushes for your teeth?

  • Crunchy Vegetables

  • Potatoes

  • Bread

3:  True or False:  Compounds in black tea can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease

4:  Which of these snacks is the most tooth friendly?

  • Cheese

  • Chocolate

  • Dried Fruit

5:  How long should you wait after eating before brushing your teeth?

  • 1 minute

  • 10 minute

  • sat least 30 minutes

6:  Which of these drinks is the safest option for your teeth?

  • Orange Juice

  • Cola

  • Water

Preventive dentistry is all about maintaining a good oral healthcare routineto help stop problems before they start.  There are lots of things you can do on a daily basis to look after your mouth, including making healthy choices for your teeth and gums when you go out to eat.

By making certain choices when you eat out, you can help to reduce the amount of tooth decay and acid erosion.  Things to consider when deciding what to choose from the menu......

  • Carbonated drinks can lead to erosion of tooth enamel

Carbonated dioxide gas is used to create bubbles in fizzy drinks.  This then turns into a very diluted acid in the drink which can lead to the dissolving of tooth enamel if drunk on a regular basis.

Water, milk or herbal teas are all safe drinks for teeth and are natural sources of flouride.

  • Vegetables can act as natural toothbrushes

Crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery and cucumber, stimulate blood flow to the gums when eaten, and this helps to produce saliva that reduces damaging acids in the mouth.

  • Dessert doesn't always have to be sweet

Try swapping a sugary dessert for a cheeseboard then next time you go out to eat; cheese helps to neutralise acids in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay.

Whatever you choose to eat, it's extremely important to take good care of your teeth and gums afterwards.

A visit to College Street Dental Centre, Petersfield, can help you kick start those good habits.  Remember prevention is better than cure.  The World Dental Health Organisation recommends you visit your dentist every 6 months to help keep those nasties away.  So, if you don't yet have a dentist, come and see our dentist at College Street Dental Centre, Petersfield.  New patient consultations are now half price at only £45.  tel 01730 263180 or email

For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180


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