Our eating and drinking habits affect our teeth and play a major role in tooth decay, because it is diet related disease. Sugars in the food and drinks we eat are taken up by bacteria, producing acid that attack the outer layer of tooth enamel to cause decay.
Our saliva helps our teeth recover from these attacks by neutralising the acids, but if we snack frequently between meals, there is no rest period for teeth to recover, and over time a cavity forms with the sustained acid attacks.
By making water your beverage of choice and sipping it regularly during the day, including with and immediately after meals, it will make a real difference to the health of your teeth.
It is not only obvious sweet foods and drinks like lollies and soft drinks that cause decay. Frequent snacking on foods with hidden sugars like biscuits, crackers, cereals, chips and dried fruit can cause acid attacks on your tooth enamel.
Tip to maintain healthy teeth:
- Limit sugary treats to meal time, rather than between meals.
- Drink water throughout the day and after meals.
- Have 3 regular meals times a day, rather than snacking and grazing.