Your diet can have a big impact on your dental health, even if you brush and floss regularly. Your body needs sufficient nutrients in order to fight infection and to repair tissues, including gum tissue. Making sure you have a balanced diet will benefit your general health and your dental health. Your teeth can also be affected by how frequently you eat certain foods.
Every time you eat a food that is high in carbohydrate or sugars your mouth will become more acidic and your teeth will undergo a process called demineralisation. During demineralisation, essential minerals are leached from your tooth enamel, weakening and softening it. After a while your mouth will become less acidic allowing a process called re-mineralisation to occur where some of these minerals are redeposited back into your tooth enamel, enabling it to re-harden. Over time, repeated exposure to these acids will gradually wear away your tooth enamel, causing acid erosion.
While some acid erosion is unavoidable, you can minimise the effects by making smarter food choices, particularly when snacking. Choosing tooth friendly options such as hard cheese, sugar-free yoghurt or crunchy fruits and veggies can be useful. Very starchy or sugary foods should be enjoyed as part of your main meal.
If you prefer, we can discuss your diet in more detail with you and can suggest ways to improve it to help your dental health. There is no need to worry, as we know it isn’t practical to cut out all treats, but we might be able to come up with some ideas to appeal to you. Please just ask us as we want to help you. You can contact us on (03) 9419 7022 or visit the practice at 3/55 Victoria St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.
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