Healthy living Saturday, August 10, 2013

Healthy living depends a lot on eating a healthy eating. Diet and drinking habits also affect our dental health. Dental plaque is a soft sticky layer that builds up on teeth. It’s mostly bacteria. They feed on sugar from food and drink and produce acid as a waste product. The acids attack the teeth and dissolves the enamel. If this happens too often, tooth decay is the result.
Acids found in food and drink can also dissolve enamel. All fizzy drinks (including “diet” brands and fizzy mineral water) are acidic to some extent, and although fruit juices are nutritious and otherwise healthy, they are acidic too.
After an acid attack, teeth can repair themselves if you:

1. Remove plaque before bedtime by brushing with toothpaste
2. Chew sugar free gum as this increases the flow of saliva which helps teeth repair themselves
3. Reduce frequency of sugary and acidic foods (avoid sucking sweets like Polo mints at all cost! )

…then most dental problems can be avoided if you!

We and our dental hygienist can advice on healthy eating and good tooth brushing. Give us a call at iSmile and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment.

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