Chew for a charming smile

Chew for a charming smile
 

Chew for a Charming smile  

Ever wondered what effect your diet has on your teeth?

As they say, ‘You are what you eat’ and what you eat is sure to have an effect on your pearly whites. Learn how to become more aware of you and your family’s eating habits and how to protect your priceless smile.

Remember that Australian Unity partners with smile.com.au dentists to give our members with dental cover with at least 15% off the cost of treatment. You can find your closest smile.com.au dentist here.

Tooth Decay & Diet

 

This month, our friends at smile.com.au have provided in the article below some helpful information on how our eating habits could be doing more damage than we think.

For quite some time, dentists have recognised the link between good oral health and nutrition. For years, the Australian Dental Association has recommended that both children and adults limit the amount of eating and drinking we do between meals and, when we do decide to snack, they suggest choosing nutritious foods.

Think about it this way, the human body is a complex machine that needs the right fuel and maintenance to run well. Without exercise and a balanced diet, it doesn't get everything it needs to perform efficiently or effectively. As a result, your body may be less able to ward off disease or infection. That’s why the foods we choose as fuel generally affect our overall health; including our teeth and gums.

Sugar and Tooth decay

When it comes to tooth decay developing in children and teens, we need to  acknowledge the important role that eating patterns and food choices play. The reason is, when eating, a sticky film of bacteria called ‘plaque’ constantly forms on the teeth and gums. Every time bacteria come into contact with sugar or starch in the mouth, acid is produced which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay. For this reason, it’s important for children and teens to understand what foods they should steer clear of and what foods are the most nutritious.

Some dietary guidelines encourage consumers to limit their intake of beverages and foods that are high in added sugars. Soft drinks have been identified as a major source of added sugar.

Did you know that some non-diet soft drinks contain as many as 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving? In scientific literature there are studies that specifically evaluate the role that soft drinks play in the development of tooth decay, proving increased sugar in the diet increases the risk of decay.

Most soft drinks contain phosphoric acid and citric acid. Prolonged exposure to these types of acids can do permanent damage to teeth by producing a condition called 'erosion', or the loss of hard tissues from the surface of your teeth. It is widely accepted that acid in food and beverages plays a major role in enamel erosion. Diet soft drinks rely on non-nutritive sweeteners instead of sugar. They’re also acidic and may increase the risk of experiencing enamel erosion, although the research on the specific role of soft drinks and tooth erosion is preliminary.

Diet and Plaque

There are things you can do to beat plaque. Limit eating and drinking between meals and, when snacking, give preference to nutritious foods. Be mindful of the effects of frequent consumption of sugary beverages and non-nutritious snack foods. Brush twice a day, floss once a day and have regular dental checkups.

Why not visit a smile.com.au dentist for your next check-up? Australian Unity members with dental cover will enjoy at least 15% off the cost of treatment. Find your closest smile.com.au dentist

Why not visit a smile.com.au dentist for your next check-up and talk to an expert about your oral hygiene? Australian Unity members with dental cover will enjoy at least 15% off the cost of treatment. Find your closest smile.com.au dentist here.

This article has been largely reproduced from the smile.com.au website with permission and Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any representations or information contained in this article. Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner and readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.

 

Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.