Body Vs Teeth
By ToothDoctor, Jan 28 2014 10:41AM
The never ending struggle between these two organs is one of the most difficult balances to strike. Whatever goes into the mouth lands somewhere on the body.
There are many how to be healthy and stay healthy tips ; 'move more and eat less' or 'eat little and often', and it is this latter that I want to discuss.
Medically this mantra is great for your body. Small amounts for your body to digest keeps your metabolism going. Eating little and often also gives your brain a chance to tell you when your full thus preventing you from overeating.
Dentally however this can be a big 'NO NO'. Eating little and often, if not managed can be detrimental to your teeth. Every time you eat or drink sweet or savoury or acidic things (that means practically everything!!), your mouth becomes acidic. This softens your tooth enamel. When you finish, it can take between 15-30 minutes for this acid to neutralise. Only after this do the minerals dissolved out of your teeth start to get reabsorbed. If you eat or drink again (especially for all you sippers/ grazers out there) this acid cycle is reset. Carry on and you'll get erosion faster than the rocks on Dover's cliffs.
Once in a while is no biggie but do it regularly and you can count on cavities to accompany that erosion.
Things you can do: drink water instead of the fizzies, chew sugar-free chewing gum, use fluoride mouthwash, eat cheese. Don't be a sipper! Don't be a grazer!
Whatever you do, try to find a balance. Both your body and teeth are equally important...