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Prevent Dental Decay

Prevent Dental Decay  – Nutrients naturally present in Milk, cheese and yoghurt such as Calcium, Casein and Phosphorus play an important role in helping prevent dental decay.

I know a lot of people who will be very pleased about this!

We all know that dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt are good for our bones but did you know that they also help in the prevention of tooth decay? According to Nutrition Australia newly released research has confirmed that these foods help fight gum disease and prevent tooth decay.

Excellent news for us cheese lovers! Not sure the wine that I drink with my cheese platter helps too much?!

Tooth decay forms in holes in the protective surface of your teeth.  The sticky film of bacteria and sugars that form on your teeth is called plaque.  When you eat or drink sugary items the bacteria in your plaque produce an acid that dissolves the tooths surface.

Your saliva is a natural defence against sugar, the calcium and phosphate present help replace the minerals on your tooths surface. If you have too many “acids attacks” than your saliva won't have enough time to repair the damage and eventually a hole will develop and tooth decay.

More reason to eat more cheese, yoghurt and milk!  Eating and drinking play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay. If you consume too much sugary food and drinks it will increase the development of tooth decay.

Here are my top 5 tooth tips – What to eat and drink to help prevent dental decay.

  1. Drink plenty of tap water,  it usually has a higher level of fluoride than bottled water.
  2. Give your children water or milk, but not flavoured!
  3. Healthy snacks like yoghurt, cheese, fresh fruit, vegetables.
  4. Eat hard cheese after meals to protect your teeth.
  5. Limit sugary drinks and foods like soft drinks, sports/energy drinks, cordials, fruit juices..

Also remember for good dental health and to help prevent dental decay see a dentist for a check-up at least once a year and always use a fluoridated toothpaste.

Dental Decay causes cavities (holes in your teeth) to develop in your teeth. Dental Decay is affected by what you eat and how well you take care of your teeth.  The presence of fluoride in your water and toothpaste heavily influences the rate of Dental Decay in some people. Family genetics may also play a role; some people are more susceptible to Dental Decay.

Everyone is at risk of Dental Decay – children and adults alike. Generally there are three types of cavities… Read more about Dental Deacy here.

Prevent Dental Decay

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