Dietary Advice

Dietary Advice

At Ramani Dental Studio we offer dietary advice, where necessary, to people of all ages to prevent decay and erosion of teeth.

Sugary food and drinks cause tooth decay.

Dental plaque is a soft, sticky substance that builds up on your teeth and is mostly made up of bacteria. When you have food or drink containing sugar, the bacteria feed on the sugar and produce an acid which causes teeth to decay.

To prevent decay, you need to reduce the frequency of your sugar intake. Try to limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes. If you get hungry in between meals, snack on something that is sugar free like cheese.

Acids in food and drink cause tooth erosion.

All fizzy drinks, including fizzy mineral water, all squashes, fruit juices and citrus fruits, pickles and chutneys are acidic. They cause erosion of the teeth and can cause sensitivity.

A high intake of acid-containing food and drink such as citrus fruits and fizzy drinks will make teeth more sensitive and can lead to destruction of the tooth enamel which is called erosion.

Try to have these foods and drinks rarely - only as a treat.

Children's Dietary Advice
Dietary Advice

Avoiding giving a baby or young child unnecessary sugars is a good way to establish healthy eating patterns to protect your child's teeth for life. Milk and water are the only drinks that should be put into a baby's bottle. Don't give a child sugary drinks in bottles or pacifiers (dummies) dipped in a sugary substance.

Restrict juices to mealtimes only. If the child tends to snack between meals, remember that cheese is a very tooth friendly food - avoid sweets, cakes and biscuits.

If you have any questions about this particular treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us at the practice by calling 020 8651 0444 or emailing Alternatively, please fill out the Ask the Experts form at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.