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Food and Teeth

Teeth help us to chew and digest food. They help us to talk, and to pronounce different sounds clearly. Finally, teeth help to give our face its shape. A healthy smile can be a great asset; and because this is so important, it makes sense to give your teeth the best care possible.

What foods can cause decay?
Sugar is broken broken by bacteria in harmful acids which causes tooth decay . All sugars can lead to tooth decay. Sugar can come in many different forms. Usually ingredients ending in ‘ose’ are sugars, for example: sucrose, fructose and glucose are just three types.

Many processed foods have sugar in them. If the product label reeds ‘no added sugar’ does not mean that the product is sugar free. Care should be also taken when consuming fruits that are naturally high in sugar for example mango, banana, Grapes. However, this is only damaging to your teeth if you eat an unusually large amount. Acidic drinks can also Leeds to tooth erosion, which mean the outer layer of teeth is dissolve by the Fizzy and carbonated drinks can all leads erosion. Excessive amount of fruit juices for example Orange juice can also leads to erosion.The lower the PH the more damaging it is for the tooth ,For example Red wine has pH 2.5 compare to water (still) pH 7.6.

Can I eat sweets ?
You can have sweet foods, but it is important just to have them at mealtimes. Sugary foods can also cause a range of health problems not just tooth decay so its important to cut back on them.

What about drinks?
Still water and milk are ideal choices.If you could like to drink fruit juices just have them with your meals. Avoid all Fizzy and carbonated drinks including carbonated water.Red wine can also lead to acid erosion.

What about eat snacks?
Every time you eat or drink anything that contains sugary, the teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. Sugar is broken broken by bacteria in harmful acids which causes tooth decay. It is important to limit sugary foods or drinks to mealtimes. If you do eat fruit as a snack, try to drink water or milk after or eat something alkaline such as cheese.

When should I brush my teeth?
It’s important to brush at least twice a day, ones last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with fluoride containing toothpaste.

Can chewing gum help?
sugar-free chewing gum can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which helps to neutralise the acid in your mouth.