The main cause of tooth decay

Food and drink products that are especially high in sugar, when consumed on a frequent basis, are known to be the prominent cause of tooth decay.

Many of us have a sweet tooth, but the key to managing the health of your teeth and gums is to only eat and drink sugary products in moderation, and maintain the recommended oral health care routine as advised by your dentist and hygienist at our practice. It is also essential that you attend your appointments with the dentist as and when you are advised to.

The immediate effects on the teeth that sugar can have can be treated to some extent if the teeth are brushed soon after. The problem arises when sugary foods or drinks are consumed and teeth are then left unbrushed, leaving an environment which makes tooth decay much more likely to occur.

This is one of the reasons that it is recommended that teeth are brushed in the morning, and before you go to bed. This provides your teeth with the fullest protection possible from tooth decay and the build-up of plaque.

If you are interested in learning more about looking after your teeth and gums, or would like an assessment of your oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us at the practice.


Posted by Wickersley Dental Practice on 19th July 2013, under Dental Health Tips