World Health Day: Food safety and your teeth

World Health Day: Food safety and your teeth

Posted on Apr 06, 2015

If you haven’t yet heard, today is World Health Day and this year’s theme is food safety.

Here’s a question for you: How safe is your food?

Did you shrug your shoulders? Maybe you don’t really put much thought into how safe whatever you’re consuming is. Learn more about why it’s so vital to do so via the official World Health Organization website.

We’re here to talk to you about food safety and your teeth. Sure, we’ve all heard those horror stories about food poisoning and so on, but you may not think of how it all impacts those pearly whites of yours.

According to the NSW Food Authority, food poisoning affects 5.4 million Australians each year. Now that’s not a number to scoff at!

In most cases, it’s pretty simple to spot food that doesn’t look quite right. At other times though, it can be a little trickier to pick up on so what we’ve done here, is highlighted some foods that typically pose problems for people.


This is one of the most refreshing fruits, especially when it’s hot. Be very careful once you’ve sliced a cantaloupe open as that’s when this fruit becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Once it is cut, always keep it cold and eat it cold too.

Interesting fact: As cantaloupe is commonly stored at room temperature, this only makes the potential for bacteria growth worse.

Undercooked meat

If you’re not great in the kitchen, you need to be especially on the ball when it comes to undercooked meat. Use a meat thermometer when needed and in terms of your teeth, when chomping into a tough cut of meat such as ribs, consider the impact it can have on your teeth.

Oh, and don’t forget to floss!


It’s one of the most commonly used ingredients in sandwiches and to easily jazz up salads but tinned and fresh tuna that isn’t properly refrigerated can lead to scombroid (a type of food poisoning).

If after eating tuna, you start feeling symptoms such as sweating, burning in the throat and dry mouth or dizziness, chances are, you’re experiencing an allergic reaction. Get down to your local GP immediately.

Raw eggs

Sure, they’re nutritious but raw eggs can cause salmonella food poisoning. It’s always best to cook eggs right through but if you are going to eat raw eggs (they’re quite often used to make salad dressings and ice cream), ensure the shells aren’t cracked or dirty.

Hot tip: Keep your eggs refrigerated and throw them out once they’ve past their use-by date. It’s not worth the risk!