Don’t End Up in the Dental Chair on National Pizza Day

Did you know? The 9th of February is National Pizza Day, a day set aside to celebrate the delicious Italian dish loved by all from around the world.

What better way to show your love for pizza on February the 9th than by munching on the winning combination of cheese, tomatoes and dough? Yum. We’re hungry just thinking about it!

And we’re not the only ones. 246 million pizzas are eaten every year in Australia. It also easily makes the top 5 of foods people crave the most.

As tasty as pizza is, we know it’s no health food. Eating too much pizza can have a negative effect – and not just from an expanding waistline.

Why Pizza Can Be Bad for Your Oral Health

When it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene, pizza is no comrade. It doesn’t take much for a few pieces to start wreaking havoc on your teeth.

Why is pizza unhealthy?

White dough is a type of refined carbohydrate that contains simple sugars. These tend to dissolve quickly, causing a reaction of acid to occur in the mouth. This, alongside the acidity of tomatoes, can erode tooth enamel and cause sensitivity.

The tomato sauce topping is also a top culprit for causing tooth discolouration as its bright red pigmentation clings to the teeth causing them to stain.   

“Cheese”wisely if you have braces

Those with braces will know all too well there are certain foods more likely to get stuck between the brackets and teeth. This can damage the braces and prevent them from properly straightening the teeth as they’re meant to.

If you have braces you can still enjoy pizza – just don’t eat the crust. Thick and thin crusts alike are excessively chewy as well as crunchy. This combination can cause the wires to bend and brackets to loosen while you eat.

Can pizza be healthy?

Pizza doesn’t have to be an enemy to your oral health! With a few simple changes, you can keep your teeth and overall health protected and still enjoy those slices on National Pizza Day (or any day for that matter).

  • Make it yourself. Homemade pizza can be just as delicious as – or even more so than – pizza from your favourite pizzeria. By making it at home, you have complete control over the ingredients and can pick the healthiest options.
  • Choose a whole wheat crust. Whole wheat or wholegrain crust contains the good stuff (such as fibre) that refined white carbohydrates don’t. You can also use wholegrain tortilla wraps or a cauliflower crust to make for a lighter meal. 
  • Pick the sauce and toppings wisely. Opt to make your sauce using fresh tomatoes as jarred sauce usually contains high amounts of salt and sugar. Mixing healthy greens such as spinach or kale with the toppings will help ward off the staining effects of tomatoes. To cut back on saturated fats, use just a sprinkle of cheese as opposed to the full serve.  

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