Caries develops from a number of causes among which is the wrong diet, which, over time, will have a negative effect on teeth and gums.
We can offer you advice on your individual dietary requirements with regards to your teeth.
Our fully qualified Nutritionist, Rachel Kaufmann, has been working in the surgery since 2010 and looks after the patients who request a consultation as part of their hygiene treatment. Frau Kaufmann is trained in nutrition for adults and children.
Sweet, sour and sticky
Excessive consumption of sweet, sour and sticky foods encourages the development of acid-producing bacteria, which damages the enamel and leads to caries. It is not necessary to avoid these treats completely. However we do highly recommend a balanced diet with a good proportion of "tooth-friendly" foods. An individual consultation is often necessary to pin-point the exact cause for the development of caries. In general, though, you should stick to a few easy rules as far as dental nutrition is concerned.
- Consume as little sugar as possible. Note that the following ingredients are also sugar: glucose, sucrose, saccharose, dextrose, corn sugar, syrup, fructose, maltose and lactose. Honey and dried fruit have a high sugar content and also stick to the teeth causing the sugar to remain in the mouth for longer.
- Certain drinks contain high levels of sugar and acid (take a look at the ingredients). It is better to drink mineral water or tap water. Constant sipping of any sugary or acidy drink will eventually lead to caries.
- Fruit juices contain fruit acid, which soften the enamel surface of the tooth.
Be sensible when it comes to eating sweets. Not too many and preferably eaten directly after meals, when you are producing high levels of saliva which helps to strengthen the enamel.
- If you wish to eat sweets, don’t eat them throughout the day but rather in one go.
- Do not clean your teeth directly after consuming acidy foods or drinks, as this will further damage the enamel.
- Chewing hard foods such as whole grain products, fresh fruit and raw vegetables increases the production of saliva, which strengthens the enamel. Sugar-free chewing gum is also suitable.
- Foods containing calcium, which strengthens teeth and bones, should be consumed daily.
- Xylit Chewing Gum: Xylit chewing gum is often used in the dental surgery as part of the treatment of caries. Chewing gum (sugar-free of course) is considered a "smart habit", which can help keep teeth free of bacteria. In the past chewing gum containing a therapeutic level of xylit was only available at the dentist. Now it is possible to purchase it over the counter in local supermarkets or chemists.