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What is a Tooth friendly diet?


Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce the harmful acids. So it is important to keep sugary foods only to mealtimes, limiting the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
Acidic foods and drinks can be just as harmful to your teeth. The acid erodes the enamel, exposing the dentine underneath. This can make the teeth sensitive and cause them to decay far more quickly.
A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh produce can help to prevent gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and cause bad breath.



What is Tooth decay?

Tooth decay damages your teeth and leads to filling or even extractions.

Decay happens when sugar in your food or drink reacts with bacteris in plaque. This forms the acid that attack the teeth and destroy the enamel.After this happens many times, the tooth enamel may break down forming a hole or cavity into the dentin. The tooth can then decay more quickly.

What foods can cause decay?

All sugars can cause decay. Sugar can come in many forms, for example: sucrose, fructose and glucose are just three types. These sugars can all damage your teeth. Many processed foods have sugar in them, and the higher up it appears in the list of ingredients, the more sugar there is in the product.

Always read the list of ingredients on the labels when you are food shopping. When you are reading the labels remember that no added sugar does not necessarily mean that the product is sugar free. It simply means that no extra sugar has been added. These products may contain sugars such as those listed above, or the sugars may be listed as carbohydrates.
Ask your dentist if you are unsure.

Can I eat sweets?

The main point to remember is that it is not the amount of sugar you eat or drink, but how often you do it.
Sweet foods are allowed, but it is important to keep them to mealtimes. To help reduce tooth decay, cut down on how often you have sugary snacks and drinks.

Sugary foods can also contribute to a range of health problems including heart disease and being overweight.

Can I eat snacks?

It is better for your teeth  if you eat 3 meals a day instead of having 7 to 10 snack attacks. If you do need to snack between meals, choose foods that do not contain sugar.

Fruit does contain acids, which can erode your teeth. However, this is only damaging to your teeth if you eat an unusually large amount.
If you do eat fruit as a snack, try to eat something alkaline such as cheese afterwards. Savoury snacks are better, such as: · cheese · raw vegetables · nuts · breadsticks.

What other food cause Tooth decay?

Acidic food and drinks can cause decay.
Listed below are the ‘pH values’ of some food and drinks. The lower the pH number; the more acidic the product. Anything with a pH value lower than 5 may cause tooth decay. ‘Alkalies’ have a high pH number and neutralise the acid effects of sugars.
PH 7 is the middle figure between acid and alkali.

· Mineral water (still) pH 7.6
· Milk pH 6.9
· Cheddar cheese pH 5.9
· Lager pH 4.4
· Orange juice pH 3.8
· Grapefruit pH 3.3
· Pickles pH 3.2
· Cola pH 2.5
· Red wine pH 2.5
· Vinegar pH 2.0

What should I drink?

Still water and milk are good choices. It is better for your teeth if you drink fruit juices at meal times. If you are drinking them between meals, try diluting them with water.

Diluted sugar-free squashes are the safest alternative to water and milk. If you make squash or cordial, be sure that the drink is diluted 1 part cordial to 10 parts water.
Some soft drinks contain sweeteners, which are not suitable for young children – ask your dentist or health visitor if you are not sure.

Fizzy drinks can increase the risk of dental problems. The sugar can cause decay and the acid in both normal and diet drinks can dissolve the enamel on the teeth. The risk is higher when you have these drinks between meals.

Should I brush my Teeth after every meal?

It is important that you brush twice a day. The best times are before breakfast and last thing at night before you go to bed.

Eating and drinking naturally weakens the enamel on your teeth, and brushing straight afterwards can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away. It is best not to brush your teeth until at least one hour after eating. It is especially important to brush before bed. This is because the flow of saliva, which is the mouth’s own cleaning system, slows down during the night and this leaves the mouth more at risk from decay.

Always use fluoride toothpaste and look for one carrying the British Dental Health Foundation’s accreditation logo. These products have been clinically and scientifically tested, and an independent panel of dental experts decide whether the packaging claims are proven and accurate before giving the logo.

Does chewing gum help?

Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which helps to cancel out the acid in your mouth after eating or drinking.

It has been proven that using sugar-free chewing gum after meals can prevent tooth decay. However, it is important to use only sugar-free gum, as ordinary chewing gum contains sugar and therefore may damage your teeth.

Can Tooth decay be prevented?

Yes. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and reducing the amount and frequency of sugar in your diet will help. More particularly avoid refined sugars such as glucose, sucrose and maltose.

Why Fluoride is so important?

Fluoride is thought to work in several ways to help prevent decay.
Studies have shown that regular use of Fluoride rinses can also contribute to an additional 40% reduction in dental decay.

When using Fluoride rinses or gels it is better to use at a different time from brushing so as to extend the exposure of the teeth to fluoride.

How can I prevent Tooth decay in my child?

The main cause of tooth decay is not the amount of sugar in the diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk. The more often your child has sugary foods or drinks, the more likely they are to have decay. It is therefore important to keep sugary foods to mealtimes only. If you want to give your child a snack, try to stick to cheese, vegetables and fruit, but not dried fruit.

It is also worth remembering that some processed baby foods contain quite a lot of sugar. Try checking the list of ingredients: the higher up the list sugar is, the more there is in the product. Sometimes, these are shown as fructose, glucose, lactose or sucrose. Thorough brushing twice a day, particularly last thing at night, will help to prevent tooth decay.

How can I prevent Tooth erosion in my child?

To help avoid tooth erosion, don’t offer children too many acidic drinks. Just like the rule with sugary drinks, acidic drinks are best left for meal times rather than between meals.

Tooth erosion can also be a big problem for children's teeth. This is when the surface of the tooth is slowly worn away by acidic foods and drinks. Fizzy soft drinks and fruit juices are the biggest culprits in the tooth erosion Even low-sugar and diet drinks are acidic.

Remember, fruit juices, squashes and other soft drinks should be diluted for young children. This makes them less acidic or sugary, so they will be less likely to cause tooth erosion or decay.

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