The most common disease in the mouth is tooth decay (caries). With today’s sugary foods becoming cheaper and more accessible, it is not surprising that this problem will always be prevalent. However, the good news is that tooth decay is totally preventable and in some cases, reversible!
Whenever our teeth get a sugar attack by eating sugary foods, the bacteria in the mouth convert it to various acids which erode the teeth. This is the beginning of tooth decay. Studies have shown that it takes 30 minutes to an hour to recover from a 1 minute sugar attack!!
This information tells us that if we don’t give our teeth enough time to recover, the acids will continuously erode the teeth until holes start to form.
Many carbonated drinks will affect the teeth in a similar way. Not only because they contain lots of sugar, but also because the fizz is acidic and can cause erosion of the teeth. So that’s double trouble!
Another thing to bear in mind is FLUORIDE can help strengthen the teeth and prevent decay further. So make sure you use a fluoride toothpaste regularly!
- Avoid sugary foods (cakes, chocolates, ice cream, biscuits, crisps) as much as you can. Healthier alternatives are fruit and vegetables!
- Sugary foods should only be taken during main meal times, and avoided in between meals.
- If drinking fizzy drinks, use a straw and swallow immediately. Don’t slush it round your mouth!
- Don’t eat anything after you brush your teeth at night. Go to bed!
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