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Prevention of Dental Decay

Decay is caused by acid attacking the teeth over a period of time. Acid is produced by bacteria in the mouth fermenting the sugar in your diet. Although everyone has some form of sugar in their diet; decay is not necessarily inevitable. Saliva in the mouth gradually neutralises the acid and will help reverse the damage caused.

There are many ways of protecting your teeth against decay. One of the most common is the use of Fluoride, which aids the repair of teeth and also alters tooth structure to make them more resilient to acid attacks. Fluoride is found in a variety of products, but it is most commonly found in toothpaste, mouthwash and in some areas, tap water.


 You should therefore brush, floss and use mouthwash at least twice a day to remove plaque and strengthen your teeth from acid attack.
 As sugar is required to produce acid, limiting the intake of sugar, replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners and modifying your diet will help to prevent decay.
 As saliva takes time to reduce acid, snacking on sugary foods between meals should be discouraged or replaced with tooth friendlier alternatives.
 Corn chips, peanuts, yoghurt and vegetables are better food snacks. Some of the worst foods to potentially cause decay are bananas, cake bars and raisins.
 The Smile Rooms’ dentists, hygienists and therapists can help you with preventive advice tailored to your own specific needs and lifestyle.