For our general health (obesity and diabetes) the amount of sugar is one problem. For the health of our teeth, it is also important how many times throughout the day we have sugar and how long this ‘sugar exposure’ lasts. Each sugar exposure will cause your teeth to be under attack for 30 minutes. So for example, if two people have the same bag of sweets, one eats them all at once (one sugar attack) and the other spreads the sweets out throughout the day (many sugar attacks), it is far worse to spread the sweets when it comes to tooth decay.
Tooth erosion is where the tooth surface thins and eventually wears through to the inner part of the tooth causing the tooth to become sensitive, chipped, wear down quickly and decay easily.
It is caused by frequent exposure to acidic food and drink and is made much worse if teeth are brushed within an hour of acidic food and drink. This is because the acid from the food/drink causes the tooth surface to be softened and a toothbrush will cause the tooth surface to wear quicker.
How to prevent plaque and tooth erosion:
Disclosing tablets are food colourants in a tablet form that help show you/your child where you have missed after brushing your teeth. They make really useful teaching aids for children. It is best to use disclosing tablets in the evening as they can colour your mouth and tongue a vivid colour. If used in the evening, by the time you brush again the next morning the colour should have mostly gone.
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At Staplehurst Dental we are taking this pandemic seriously and are ensuring your health and safety comes first.
Following the recent announcement by the Prime Minister, we would like to reassure you that we will be remaining open unless instructed otherwise by our governing bodies.
The safety of our patients and staff is very important to us and along with all the correct PPE and universal infection control protocols in place, we will be able to continue with all planned appointments.
As per the Prime Ministers announcement, we too would recommend that you avoid cancelling or delaying any essential/planned treatments, in case this leads to future complications for your health.
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