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Too Much of Heaven Is Sinful: What Your Edinburgh Dentist Wants You To Know

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Dental Checkup If there is one thing that your Edinburgh dentist wants you to know, it’s this: too much of heaven can be a sin. Many oral health problems may be minimised — or avoided, even — if you have the discipline to control your food intake and habits. It also helps that you are cautious and take precautionary measures with your preferred activities.

Watch Your Food Intake

The most common advice Edinburgh dental practitioners will tell you is to watch what you eat. This, first and foremost, refers to your sweets intake. The sugar found in your sweet treats are a trigger for oral bacteria which attacks the enamel of your teeth. If you are not mindful about how much sugar you consume, you are bound to have a toothache and tooth loss.

On the other hand, it also addresses your general food intake. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favourite treats once in a while, anything which contains high sugar or starch is bound to affect your oral health. Food high in sugar or starch — carbohydrates, if you may — break down the natural bacteria in your mouth and form acids that cause tooth decay.

Limit Your Habits

Smoking and drinking are significant factors which lead to oral problems. Cigarettes contain tobacco, which is a possible cause for tooth staining, tooth loss, gum disease or even oral cancer. Aside from that, cigarette smoking causes the build up of plaque and tartar in your mouth. The mint or coffee you take to try and mask the faint smell of it does not help with your dental health at all.

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Alcohol, on the other hand, has a high level of phosphorous — much like fizzy drinks and caffeine. Now, phosphorous is not necessarily bad because it is, in fact, a mineral which promotes health. Too much of it, however, may cause dental problems like gum disease or tooth decay. Alcohol may also contain additives and food dye: guaranteed ingredients for discoloured teeth.

Lastly, your Edinburgh dentist may tell you to chill out when it comes to physical activities. If you are very much into sports, remember to have a proper mouth guard before rushing off to a game or training. This reduces oral injury, like knocked out or broken teeth.