Patient Education

Dental Health And Diet

Sugar is the main cause of dental decay when bacteria are present as it provides the environment for bacteria to grow. However, the frequency of your sugar consumption is more important than the amount of sugar you eat.

Drinking soda or juice and have a sip every few minutes over a longer period of time allows sugar to expose over a longer period of time and same is true for snacking. It is recommended that if you want to have a snack, soda, or juice, it is better to have it during meal in one sitting. Eating or drinking something sweet over an extended period of time creates a constant supply of sugar for bacteria that causes tooth decay!

It is important to be aware of all the possible sources of sugar out there. It is not just everything that is sweet, but anything that can turn to sugar and sticky in nature, like pieces of bread or noodles. Cutting down your sugar intake is good for cavity prevention as well as your overall health.

Excessive acid exposure to teeth can also weaken the enamel of teeth which is the strong outer layer of the tooth so excessive intake of citrus can irreversibly weaken your teeth which includes sucking on lemon, drinking citrus drinks or fruits like grape fruits.

Flouride And Decay Prevention

Years ago scientists started to notice that children who were born and raised in areas with natural fluoride in drinking water had fewer cavities than children in non-fluoridated areas. Fluoride absorbed by your body when teeth were forming (during mother's pregnancy to early childhood) integrates into the structure of enamel and makes it stronger.

Bad Breath

There are a few different causes of bad breath. Ranging from stomach problems, sinus problems to diet and teeth problems, most of the causes can be found in the mouth. They are:

  • Tongue (when bacteria grows in between the papilla), major part of mouth bacteria stays on the tongue, so it is very important to keep your tongue clean
  • Teeth cavities (especially when food particles get stuck in them)
  • Lack of flossing : plaque retains in between teeth and creates bad breath
  • Gum diseases
  • Extraction sites during healing
  • Dentures when not cleaned properly
  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Dry mouth

Tooth Sensitivity

If you occasionally experience a sudden flash of pain, a mild tingly feeling when you bite into sour food, or drink hot or cold beverages, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity pain is not always constant; it can come and go. Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious problem. It is still important, however, to discuss your symptoms with your dentist to determine the cause and proper treatment.

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