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Nourishing Your Teeth from the Inside Out

At Dentist at Underwood, located in the heart of Underwood and Logan, we believe that good dental health starts with what you eat.

Dr Raj and Dr Raji, our experienced dentists, emphasise that a well-balanced diet is key to preventing tooth decay and maintaining strong, healthy teeth. Let’s dive into how your dietary choices can protect your pearly whites.

Understanding the Impact of Diet on Teeth

The Sugar Factor

Sugary foods and drinks are the primary culprits behind tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, producing acids that attack tooth enamel. Dr Raj advises minimising sugary treats to reduce this risk.

The Role of Acidic Foods

Acidic foods and beverages, like citrus fruits and carbonated drinks, can erode tooth enamel over time. Dr Raji suggests enjoying these in moderation and rinsing with water afterward.

Starchy Foods and Oral Health

Starchy foods like bread and pasta can linger in the mouth and break down into simple sugars. Brushing after consuming these foods is recommended by Dentist at Underwood.

Promoting Dental Health Through Diet

Calcium-Rich Foods

Foods high in calcium, such as dairy products, leafy greens, and almonds, help strengthen tooth enamel. Dr. Raji often highlights the importance of calcium for children and adults alike.

Phosphorus Sources

Phosphorus, found in eggs, fish, and lean meat, works in tandem with calcium to fortify teeth, as noted by Dr. Raj.

Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Apples, carrots, and celery can act like natural toothbrushes, stimulating saliva production and cleaning teeth surfaces.

Water Intake

Drinking plenty of water, especially fluoridated water, is essential for maintaining oral health. It helps wash away food particles and keeps your mouth hydrated.

Treating Tooth Decay

Treating tooth decay involves several steps, the approach depends on the severity of the decay. Here are the common treatments:

Fluoride Treatments: If decay is caught early enough, a fluoride treatment may help restore the tooth’s enamel. Fluoride treatments can be in the form of a solution, gel, foam, or varnish that’s applied to the teeth.

Fillings: For more advanced decay (cavities), fillings are used. The decayed tooth material is removed, and the cavity is filled with various materials such as tooth-coloured composite resins, porcelain, dental amalgam, or a combination of materials.

Dental Crowns: For more extensive decay or weakened teeth, a crown, or a custom-fitted covering, replaces the entire natural crown of the tooth. Crowns can be made of gold, high-strength porcelain, resin, or a combination of these materials.

Root Canal Treatment: If decay reaches the inner material of your tooth (pulp), you might need a root canal. This involves removing the diseased pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inner chambers of the tooth (root canals), and then filling and sealing them. A crown might be placed over the tooth for protection.

Tooth Extractions: In severe cases where the tooth is too damaged to be repaired, it may need to be extracted. Replacement with a dental implant, bridge, or denture may be recommended to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

Prevention is key in managing tooth decay. Good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and dental check-ups, are essential. Diet also plays a significant role; reducing the intake of sugary and acidic foods can help prevent tooth decay.

For specific treatments and recommendations, consult with us and we can assess the situation and provide personalised care.

Why Trust Your Smile to Dentist at Underwood?

Comprehensive Dental Care

We offer a range of services including cosmetic, emergency, general, and restorative dentistry, ensuring holistic care for our patients.

Expert Nutritional Guidance

Dr Raj and Dr Raji not only provide excellent dental treatments but also offer personalised dietary advice for optimal oral health.

Preventive Approach

Our focus at Dentist at Underwood is on preventing dental issues before they start, through education and proactive care.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Our clinic is equipped with modern technology to provide the best dental care in the Underwood and Logan area.

Your diet plays a crucial role in preventing tooth decay and maintaining healthy teeth. By making smart food choices and following the guidance of dental experts like Dr Raj and Dr Raji, you can keep your smile bright and healthy.

Remember, regular dental check-ups at Dentist at Underwood are just as important as a balanced diet for your oral health. Let us be your partners in achieving and maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile. Click the button below to book in your appointment or call us now on 07 3822 9266.

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