What do the foods that you eat say about the likely long term health of your teeth and gums?
Especially when compared to early dental care, modern dentistry can now perform wonders in restoring teeth that are damaged or decayed. The latest procedures make the chances of retaining a damaged natural tooth much higher; but what also plays a major part in your ability to keep your own teeth, is what you put into your mouth.
In addition to the specialist dental treatments that we provide at Blue Sky Dental, we always keep in mind the fundamentals of good oral health care, and regularly remind our Chelmsford patients that, by and large, they have the majority of control over whether their teeth are healthy or not.
In addition to how well they clean and floss their teeth at home, supplemented by periodic visits to our hygienist, it is often day-to-day eating and drinking habits that create the biggest impact on their teeth.
The well known number one enemy of healthy teeth is, of course, sugar. What may not be as well known though, is that sugar itself is not directly responsible for tooth decay. What it does is provide an effective food source for the bacteria in our teeth that do cause the damage to our teeth. A constant and steady flow of sugar products will almost certainly mean a rise in the number of harmful bacteria in our mouth. It is the acidic bi-products from these which will gradually destroy the enamel of your teeth and eventually allow the bacteria to find their way into the inner and more vulnerable parts of our teeth. When this occurs, toothache and root canal infections are probably not very far away.
By reducing the quantity of sugar that you consume, including sugars that are ‘hidden’ in foods, you will, in effect, be cutting off the food source of these bacteria and limiting the damage that they do. By reducing their number, it should be easier to to keep your teeth clean and healthy with regular brushing and flossing.
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