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Lifestyle / Diet

Q: Does my general lifestyle have any impact at all on my dental and oral health?

A: This is a common question, and many people still do not realise the positive impact that leading a healthy lifestyle can have. Staying active and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet are just two ways that you can contribute to the wellbeing of not just your teeth, but your body in general.

Q: What dietary advice can you give me to help me keep my teeth and gums healthy?

A: Eating foods from all of the food groups is essential to a balanced diet, as is the avoidance of eating any one type of food to excess. Food and drinks with high volumes of sugar or a high level of acidity are best restricted to being consumed only at mealtimes.

Q: Is smoking detrimental to the health of your teeth and gums?

A: Smoking can cause cosmetic damage to your teeth in the form of discolouration. This type of cosmetic damage is extremely difficult for a dentist to rectify, but this is just one of the problems that smoking causes. There are widely recognised health concerns that are related to smoking, and we encourage our patients to consider the implications of it.

Q: What other dietary advice can you offer?

A: One of the other major threats to the health of your teeth and gums comes in the form of alcohol. Alcohol is a substance which erodes the enamel of teeth, and as such it is one of the most common causes of tooth decay. There is also a significant link between alcohol and mouth cancer. For these reasons, we urge our patients who do drink alcohol to do so responsibly and in sensible moderation.