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Winter is truly coming! Cooler temperatures & shorter days. All this can have a major effect in what we eat and how much… do you feel hungrier in winter and when you spend too much time at home? You are not alone! Some researchers suspect cool weather may trigger an evolutionary relic inside us to fatten up to survive environmental conditions… so actually winter may make you hungrier! Another theory is that the change of season may influence some of our hormones that control appetite and hunger. And the stress caused by this pandemic, doesn’t help to embrace healthy eating.

So, going through these months where eating healthy foods is not always the choice, what happens with our teeth and overall oral health? As we have been taught, if we brush our teeth every morning and every night plus flossing once a day, we will keep our teeth clean and healthy but, is that true? Is our oral hygiene enough? Is there more to it?

Actually, our eating habits will have a big impact on the development or prevention of tooth decay. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups promotes healthy teeth and gums. To satisfy both your body and mind, try to seek for comfort foods that fill your belly, warm you up and make your body and soul feel good. Try to resist the urge to snack frequently as, the more often you eat between meals, the more likely you are to introduce sugar and acid that will attack your teeth. Smart snacking also will help keeping your mouth in a good shape, try to choose things such as raw vegetables, fruits, plain yogurt and nuts. Remember to brush your teeth after you snack, if you can’t, rinse your mouth with water to get rid of food particles.

There are plenty of options that can have a positive effect on our dental and general health. A balanced eating plan that includes fruits, vegetables, protein foods, grains a dairy providing you with Vitamin A, B, D, K, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc – essential nutrients for optimum oral health and overall health.

Winter foods you can be eating are:

  • Home-made soups
  • Citric fruits – which are yum at this time of year
  • Porridge
  • Fish and eggs
  • Root Vegetables
  • Warm milk
  • Cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts
  • Cheese and nuts – but in moderation!
Always keep your visits to the dentist regularly, Dr. Ellen, Dr. Cassie and Dr. Min will help you keep your oral health in good shape this winter!

To book an appointment, please call us at 3203 0162 and one of our lovely reception team members will help you. As well, you can book online.