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Dental nutritional counselling

Tooth decay is a common disorder, second only to the common cold. It most often occurs in children and young adults, but it can affect anyone. Tooth decay is a common cause of tooth loss in younger people.

Bacteria are normally found in your mouth. These bacteria change foods, especially sugar and starch, into acids. Bacteria, acid, food pieces, and saliva combine in the mouth to form a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque sticks to the teeth. It is most common on the back molars, just above the gum line on all teeth, and at the edges of fillings.

Plaque that is not removed from the teeth turns into a substance called tartar, or calculus. Plaque and tartar irritate the gums, resulting in gingivitis and periodontitis.

Plaque begins to build up on teeth within 20 minutes after eating. If it is not removed, it will harden and turn into tartar (calculus).

The acids in plaque damage the enamel covering your teeth. It also creates holes in the tooth called cavities. Cavities usually do not hurt, unless they grow very large and affect nerves or cause a tooth fracture. An untreated cavity can lead to an infection in the tooth called a tooth abscess. Untreated tooth decay also destroys the inside of the tooth (pulp). This requires more extensive treatment, or possibly removal of the tooth.

Carbohydrates (sugars and starches) increase the risk of tooth decay. Sticky foods are more harmful than non-sticky foods because they remain on the teeth. Frequent snacking increases the time that acids are in contact with the surface of the tooth.

My Dental Nutritional Counselling Programme. Ask, why?

I am offering a new programme called Dental Nutritional Counselling .

 

This is a programme that supports patients to be proactive with their nutrition and make changes to stop, reverse and prevent gum disease and tooth decay in the future. The healthier food choices will impact the mouth and the overall body.

There is enough evidence that much diseases begins in the gut. What you swallow, breathe and absorb through your skin can affect the gut. How you sleep, exercise and deal with stress can also affect your gut. Ultimately, an unhealthy gut puts the entire body at risk.

Its in your hands to make healthy adjustments and regain your health.