Diet plays a significant role in both tooth decay and dental erosion. Good nutrition prevents many dental problems and is important from the outset. A balanced diet throughout childhood and adulthood is as good for the teeth as it is for general health. Our Dental Team at Allenton Dental are passionate about promoting good oral hygiene and gibing diet advice to reduce tooth decay.
Both total sugar intake and the frequency with which it’s eaten are factors. Small amounts of sugar consumed frequently over a period of time will cause more damage than the same quantity consumed on a single occasion. Constant snacking encourages continuous demineralisation and the saliva doesn’t have time to neutralise the acids. Sticky or chewy foods that remain in the mouth longer also cause more damage as the bacteria have more time to produce the acid.
As well as good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations, the following diet advice can help prevent tooth decay and erosion.
- Avoid sugary and acidic drinks between meals. Water is the best option.
- Limit snacking between meals.
- Don’t have anything except water after you’ve brushed your teeth at night as less saliva is produced at night.
- Drink through a straw as the liquid will have less contact with your teeth this way.
- Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic foods or drinks. If teeth are brushed when in a demineralised state then erosion can occur.
- Chew sugar-free gum after a meal to help produce more saliva to neutralise the acids.
- If you do have sweets then eat them all at once. Avoid ‘grazing’ over extended periods.
Here at Allenton Dental we offer appointments for children with our oral health nurse. At these appointments all the above pointers are discussed as well as tooth brushing techniques in a fun an interactive way to hopefully prevent tooth decay! If you have an queries or would like to discuss booking an appointment contact us on 01332 700244.