Dental Hygiene and diet
Dr Zara Fernandez discusses the importance of diet and healthy teeth
The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too.
If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks between meals, you could be at risk for tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing is very important but diet and the frequency of sugar exposure is the key factor.
Every time you consume drinks or foods containing sugars the PH level in your mouth becomes highly acidic, creating a perfect environment for the bacteria which cause cavities.
It takes around 40 minutes for your mouth to regain a safe PH level again.
So the more you are snacking between meals the more often your mouth will be subjected to high levels of acid. My tip is to avoid having sugary snacks between meals and if you need to have something, the healthiest options would be water or a sugar free chewing gum.
With regular dental care, we can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.
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