12017Aug

How Your Diet Can Impact Your Teeth & Gums

tooth healthAnything and everything that goes into your mouth can impact your gum and tooth health.

When the normal bacteria in your mouth get “too much of a bad thing”, they can cause tooth decay.

Acidic drinks, sports drinks, sour lollies and even vinegar can all strip away the enamel that protect our teeth.

What you can do to help your tooth health

Drink lots of water

If you choose water over anything else, and regularly sip it throughout the day, you’re going a long way to making real difference to the health of your teeth.

Limit snacking between meals

Your teeth (and your waistline) will thank you for it.  Limit sugary treats to meal times, rather than between meals.

Watch what you eat

Snacking on foods with hidden sugars like biscuits, crackers, cereals, chips and even dried fruit (these foods break down into sugars in the mouth) can cause acid attacks on your tooth enamel.

Gum anyone?

Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating can prompt your mouth to produce more saliva, which helps neutralise decay-causing acid attacks.

Source: https://www.ada.org.au/Dental-Health-Week/Oral-Health-for-Busy-Lives/Diet-and-Nutrition

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