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Dietary Advice

Did you know that what you eat and how often you eat it, is just as important for your teeth and gums as it is for your general health?  Food and drinks that contain starch and sugar react to the bacteria in your mouth, producing acid which attacks your tooth enamel and causes decay. 

Reducing your intake of sugary or starchy drinks and snacks helps maintain your optimal oral health.  Try to stick to foods such as cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, or nuts, instead of sweet sugary snacks.  Sugar-free gum helps neutralise mouth acid by stimulating saliva production, but remember that ‘grazing’ throughout the day will produce more acid than you can neutralise.  Rinsing with water after eating also helps.