Victoria Street Dental Talk About How Diet Can Affect Oral Health

Friday 31 May 2019, 1:49PM
By Beckie Wright

The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health  and the health of your teeth and gums, too.  Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth. Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay, and a poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Foods high in carbohydrates, sugars and starches greatly contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel.

Remember the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure?’ When it comes to your oral health, this saying certainly applies, and the emphasis at Victoria Street Dental practice is on preventive care. Without a doubt, the prevention of dental disease is less costly and more comfortable than the repair of dental disease.

Dental disease is generally preventable, and it is their aim to make this a reality for you.

Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups promotes healthy teeth and gums. A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein foods, calcium-rich foods and whole grains provides essential nutrients for optimum oral health as well as overall health.

A well-balanced, nutritious diet is important for good oral health and general health. The food we eat supplies the nutrients that the body, bones, teeth and gums need to renew tissues and help fight infection and disease, including periodontal (gum) disease. Dental hygienists work with their clients to promote good overall health by keeping the mouth and body healthy with preventive oral care treatment and nutrition counselling.

Hectic lifestyles, fast food, fad diets, large amounts of sugar and trendy supplements can have health repercussions. A poor diet can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. Food high in sugars and starches increase the production of acids that can erode and weaken the tooth’s outer layer (enamel). Eventually, these acids can cause tooth decay.

If your dental health is less than optimal, Victoria Street Dental will work together with you to restore it. Having achieved this goal, they will then endeavour to maintain your teeth and gums in a healthy, attractive condition for life, so for more information on root canal treatment, toothache pain relief and emergency dentist appointments please go to .