How's your teeth going?
WE NEED to twice daily brush, once daily floss, eat healthy and regular visit our dentist to maintain good dental health.
Food, glorious food
Our eating habits play a major role in tooth decay which is a diet related disease. Sugars in the food and drinks we eat are taken up by bacteria, producing acids that attack the outer layer of tooth enamel to cause decay.
Saliva helps our teeth recover from these attacks through a process neutralising the acids. However, if we frequently snack between meals, there is no rest period for teeth to undergo this recovery process, which means that, over time, a cavity forms as a result of these sustained acid attacks.
What to do? Eat three regular meal times a day rather than snacking and grazing, and limit sugary treats to be part of a meal rather than as a snack.
Get drinking, water that is
Tap water in most areas of Australia contains fluoride, one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to help prevent tooth decay. Regularly sip it throughout the day, including with and right after meals.
Chew on this?
Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating can prompt your mouth to produce more saliva, which helps neutralise decay-causing acid attacks.
Brush for at least two minutes in the morning and at night. Too much pressure when brushing can damage your gums and tooth enamel.
If the bristles are wearing out on your toothbrushes well before the three-month mark, you're pressing too hard and you should ask your dentist to show you a less damaging technique
Choose one that contains fluoride. When added to toothpaste, fluoride strengthens teeth, making them more resistant to attacks from sugar and acid, thereby preventing decay. Fluoride can also help remineralise (heal or reverse) early decay.
More information at ada.org.au.