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Dental health: Cheese and chocolate ‘actually help keep your teeth clean and healthy’

The NHS says: “Lead a healthy lifestyle, including eating well, not smoking and limiting your alcohol and sugar intake. It’s good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums, and mouth. The health body suggests people floss or use an interdental brush daily to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.

Dr. Khaled Kasem, chief orthodontist at Impress, said certain foods are essential for maintaining good oral health.

He said: “A snack favourite, chocolate actually helps fight tooth decay because its grain contains powerful antibacterial agents.

“That doesn’t mean you should eat chocolate in excess, but a small amount is enough to prevent rotting.”

He added: “It is a well-known fact that dairy products are a rich source of calcium and vitamin D, which not only strengthens teeth but also whitens their enamel.”

Dr. Khaled Kasem, chief orthodontist at Impress, said certain foods are essential for maintaining good oral health.

He said: “A snack favourite, chocolate actually helps fight tooth decay because its grain contains powerful antibacterial agents.

“That doesn’t mean you should eat chocolate in excess, but a small amount is enough to prevent rotting.”

He added: “It is a well-known fact that dairy products are a rich source of calcium and vitamin D, which not only strengthens teeth but also whitens their enamel.”

There are also berries and fruits well known for their health properties, such as strawberries, apples and blueberries. These can also be good snacks for your teeth.

Dr Khaled said: “The sweetest fruit of all, strawberries contain a high amount of xylitol, which is responsible for attacking plaque-causing bacteria.”

He said: “An apple a day keeps the dentist away… okay, maybe that’s not the official saying, but because they’re hard and crunchy, eating an apple is one of the best fruits for your teeth.

“The more you chew, the more saliva you produce, which serves as a tooth protector, in addition to removing plaque.”

The Oral Health Foundation says: “It takes up to an hour for your mouth to clear out the acid caused by eating and consuming sugar.

“Meanwhile, your teeth are attacked by this acid. It is therefore important to limit the number of seizures by consuming sugary foods and drinks only at mealtimes.

The American Dental Association (ADA) states, “Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They are essential for chewing and swallowing, the first steps in the digestive process.

Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth not only impacts your overall health, but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your diet is poor, the first signs often appear in your mouth.

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