Singapore – This World Oral Health Day, Philips Sonicare encourages Singaporeans to develop and maintain good oral healthcare habits as well as inform them on the advantages of consuming nutritious food for healthy teeth.
Oral disease affects 3.9 billion people worldwide, with untreated tooth decay impacting almost half of the world’s population1. Developing an understanding of good oral health from a young age is important. However, a third of parents globally find it difficult to get their children to clean their teeth regularly2. With 60–90% of schoolchildren and almost all adults suffering from tooth decay worldwide3, it is more important than ever to understand the benefits of forming good eating habits and brushing routines early on in life.
“We form our feeding habits from young, but we don’t realize that our jaws too require proper stimulation to grow and develop from early on in life. Breastfeeding is a starting point in the development journey of a baby’s jaw, in addition to providing vital nutrition, increased immunity as well as forging a strong bond between mother and child. During the weaning stage, children must move on to hard, chewable foods to sustain their jaw development. However, modern lifestyles have drastically impacted our feeding habits with studies proving that the modern diet results in smaller arches and dental crowding4,” said Dr. Yue Weng Cheu, Clinical Director of DP Dental and DP Dental Orchard.
A well-balanced and healthy diet is vital for overall well-being and good oral health. The health of your teeth is influenced by the food you eat. Keep your oral health in the best shape and choose a healthy balanced diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein such as eggs, fish and chicken for essential nutrients to keep teeth enamel strong.
“Foods with high acidic content such as soft drinks, citric juices, vinegar and even white wines can harm your enamel and should be consumed in moderation. Starchy foods such as cereal, bread and biscuits form sugars and acid in the mouth. As it takes the saliva some time to buffer and neutralize these acids, frequent snacking does not allow the pH of the saliva to return to a neutral state easily, thus increasing the risk of tooth decay. Our saliva, with its anti-bacterial capabilities, is one of the body’s most effective means for protecting the enamel of the teeth against acid,” said Dr. Yue.