For tooth decay to occur or holes to form in our teeth, several things need to happen. We call this multi-factorial disease. If one of the factors is taken away or changed, the disease will stop.Sugars in our diet, are processed by the bacteria in our mouths, producing acids as a side effect, which leaches the mineral content out of the tooth, causing a hole/cavity.
Sugars in our diet, are processed by the bacteria in our mouths, producing acids as a side effect, which leeches the mineral content out of the tooth, causing a hole/cavity. Not all sugars are created equal…….and in general, if we as humans have tampered with a product then the sugars are generally bad …… that is we process them more easily in the mouth making them worse for our teeth.
Time is another major factor!!! Did you know there is a good and a bad way to eat lollies, or drink a sugary drink. Over recent years, as people are becoming more and more health conscious, dental erosion is becoming an increasing challenge for dental professionals. Erosion wears down the tooth tissue, due to repeated exposure to acidic foods and drinks. Did you know that champagne/prosecco is worse for your teeth than beer!
Athletes often present with dental erosion, due to dehydration and use of energy drinks. Call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns you may have.
Dietary advice is a key part of preventive dentistry