Diet & Decay

iStock_000018998584Small.jpgHealthy diet for healthy teeth & gums

Your teeth, bones and soft tissues of your mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups helps minimise (and avoid) cavities and other dental problems. Most snacks you eat cause cavities, so you should only partake in healthy snacks high in vitamins and calcium, like vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, which promote strong teeth.

When your teeth and gums are constantly exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, they react with the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth causing acids that begin to eat away at your tooth enamel. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as lollies, biscuits, soft drinks and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. These deposits bond with the bacteria and form plaque. This combination of deposits and plaque also form acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth, with tooth decay resulting.

If you do not brush and floss regularly and effectively, a film of plaque builds up on your gums causing irritation. The inflammation of the gums that results (gingivitis) can lead to an infection of the bone (periodontitis).

Gum disease is chronic and usually unnoticeable because it all happens under the gum-line in the collar of your gum tissue around the tooth. You may not be aware of the ongoing loss of bone support around the tooth. Therefore, if you smoke, have a family history of tooth loss or brush your teeth ineffectively, you may be at risk of losing your teeth to periodontal disease.

Gum disease affects over 80% of adults at some point in their life and is the main cause of adult tooth loss in Australia. With regular radiographic examination, our team may intercept the progression of gum disease and allow you to keep your teeth for life.

We also recommend visiting us on a six-monthly basis for a thorough examination and professional clean of your teeth and gums. Make an appointment with Arthur Street Dental Clinic now.