Your diet plays a major role in maintainin a healthy mouth. Unfortunately many of the foods that we like to treat ourselves with are some of the worst for our teeth. The main culprit in food and drinks that causes dental decay is sugar and this is found in most foods. In one of our previous blogs we covered the role that sugar plays in causing decay.
Obvious sources in our diet are things such as chocolate, sweets and fizzy drinks. There are however many things that we eat or drink that contain a lot more sugar than we realise. Many supposedly healthy drinks such as orange juice or fruit smoothies contain just as much and sometimes more sugar than a bag of sweets or a can of pop. Also many people have a couple of tea spoons of sugar in the tea or coffee which can add up to many tea spoons when taken throughout the day.
It is important to read the lable when buying foods and drinks to see just now much sugar they contain. By reducing the amount and frequency with which you have sugar in your diet you will help protect your teeth from decay and maintain a healthy mouth.