Did you know that your diet affects your teeth and gums just as much as it does your overall health? Starchy or sugary food and drinks react to your mouth’s natural bacteria to produce acid, which attacks your tooth enamel and causes decay. Left unaddressed, over time this can cause periodontal disease and tooth loss.
Replacing sugary or starchy drinks and snacks with foods such as cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, or nuts, and rinsing with water after eating, can help to prevent acid buildup. Chewing sugar-free gum will help neutralise mouth acid by producing saliva, but remember that ‘grazing’ throughout the day will produce more acid than you can neutralise.