Watch what you eat
It’s no secret that sugar is bad for your dental health, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut it out completely. Healthcare professionals recommend keeping sugar consumption below 5% of your daily energy intake - that means around a maximum of 30g of sugar per day for adults.1
Snacking is also best avoided, as it will increase the amount of contact your teeth have with food between brushing. When food particles get stuck between your teeth or coat the surface of your teeth, they feed the bacteria that can lead to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Stick to three main meals a day, and if you feel the need to snack between mealtimes, opt for teeth-healthy treats like crunchy raw fruit and vegetables.
Take care of your oral health with regular dentist check-ups
Looking after your teeth at home is a great foundation for good oral health, but it’s also really important to regularly see a dentist and dental hygienist. They’ll check your mouth is healthy, spot any early warning signs of tooth decay or more serious issues like oral cancer, and provide tailored treatments and oral health advice.
Want to commit to regular and affordable dentist and dental hygienist appointments? Bupa Smile Plan allows you to spread the cost of scheduled appointments with manageable monthly bite-sized payments. Your Bupa Smile Plan will include a set number of dentist and hygienist appointments, as well as X-rays (if clinically necessary) and discounts on other treatments and procedures.
Find out more about Bupa Smile Plan online or visit your nearest participating practice today.