The old adage “you are what you eat” is especially true for dental health. What you put in your mouth has a direct impact on the health of your teeth, after all.

While we do love caring for our patients at Mosman Dental Clinic, we also love educating you on the best ways to take care of your teeth.

Tooth decay is directly related to your diet. Tooth decay or dental caries is caused by the erosion of enamel in your teeth.

Enamel erosion occurs when the sugars in your meal mix with the bacteria in plaque. This creates acid, which eats away at the enamel in your teeth, causing tooth decay. The acid can also destroy the layer under the tooth’s enamel, called dentin, resulting in cavities.

As such, you can help avoid tooth decay by limiting the amount of sugary foods you have in your daily diet.

In order to help you better understand the effects of your diet on your dental health, here are some simple choices you can make throughout the day:

 

Juice

Many people start the day with a healthy glass of juice as part of their breakfast. However, natural fruit juice has natural sugars, which can cause the acids in your mouth to spike. If you drink fruit juice daily, try diluting it with water. You could even try drinking juice on alternate days, substituting with water.

And remember to brush your teeth after each meal.

 

Coffee and Tea

It can be hard to start the day without our daily hit of caffeine, but a small change, such as reducing the sugar in each cup is easy to make. You could also try having green tea, instead, which is served without sugar.

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Snacks

A lot of processed snacks have high amounts of sugar, so opt for healthy snacks such as carrot or celery sticks, nuts or fresh fruit.

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Sweet foods

Chocolate, dried fruit, cakes, biscuits and sweet foods are tempting to have, but it is best to limit these as treats.

 

Brush after every meal

To take the best care of your teeth, make sure to brush after every meal. It is advisable to brush at least twice a day.

 

Clean between your teeth

To minimise and remove plaque, it is important to clean in between your teeth. The removal of plaque will ensure that the acid that creates tooth decay is reduced.

 

We hope that this article has helped you better understand how sugar in your diet impacts tooth decay. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Mosman Dental Clinic. We would be happy to help with all of your questions.