Everyone knows that sugar promotes cavities. But food does not have to be sweet to cause decay.
Indeed, the number of times you eat a day is just as important as what you eat, because the more time food is in your mouth, the longer bacteria has to convert the food into acid, which causes decay.
And there are other concerns if you don’t eat well.
If your diet is low in certain nutrients, you may be more susceptible to mouth infections and this can contribute to periodontal (gum) disease. Although poor nutrition doesn’t actually cause periodontal disease, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is more severe in patients whose diet is not balanced.
Your diet should include food from all four of the basic food groups:
- Fruits and vegetables;
- Breads and cereals;
- Milk and dairy products;
- Meat, fish and eggs.
Avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods, such as cakes, lollies and dried fruits. These cling to your teeth and promote tooth decay. Instead, choose nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, popcorn and sugarless gum or lollies.
Oral health is important for a child’s growth, development, general health and self-esteem. We want your children to have the best dental care that is available as they transition from their baby teeth to their adult teeth, and we’re sure you do too.
It is important children are introduced to dental visits early – we recommend the first visit occurs when they are around three-years-old. This can help reduce anxiety about going to the dentist, plus it allows your dentist to monitor development and cleaning habits.
Regular dentist visits mean early detection, and when abnormalities or decay are caught early, then treatment can be minimal and less invasive.
To give your child the gift of a beautiful smile, early treatment is the key.
We can help correct:
- Bite problems
- Underdeveloped jaws
- Narrow dental arches
- Crowded teeth
- Deep overbites
- Jaw joint problems
- Airway problems
- Thumb sucking habits
And can often prevent:
- Removal of adult teeth to relieve crowding
- Fang-like tooth appearance
- Lengthy use of braces
- Speech difficulties
Please note: It is critical to correct any functional jaw problems as soon as they are developed as functional therapy provides children with improved appearance and speech.