Parents know that it’s important to monitor the amount of sugar in their child’s diet as a preventive step in the fight against tooth decay. Children need to eat healthy foods all the while their teeth and gums are developing. Because we are so concentrated on seeing to it that our children maintain a proper diet we often tend to ignore our own.
Fully developed teeth need as much care as underdeveloped ones. After all, once our permanent teeth come in that’s it, we don’t get another set so we’d better learn how to take care of the ones we do have. Diet has a lot to do with whether we will keep our natural teeth throughout our lifetime or if we will need to resort to some form of replacement e.g., dentures.
Even though they are more susceptible, cavities are not exclusive to children. Cavities are the result of a buildup of bacterial plaque that forms on our teeth if we don’t brush and floss as we should. The plaque thrives on the sugar and acids from certain foods that we eat and causes our tooth enamel to deteriorate over time.
Look for foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, milk and cheese are prime examples. Anything that increases the flow of saliva in the mouth, like biting into a crisp apple for one, will help to wash away harmful plaque.
Talk to Dr. Looze and his experienced staff at Southlands Dental in Aurora about taking other preventive methods. Call the office @ 720-886-0606 today.