Our diet can have a huge affect on our general well-being, and the number of recommended fruit and veg to be eaten each day has been the subject of some debate in recent months. Some sources advised as many as 10 portions a day, although we were relieved with consequent reports that this may be a little excessive!
A poor diet is widely linked to an array of increased health risks, from obesity to diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure and even some cancers.
The amount of sugary food and drinks consumed, and more importantly, the frequency of consumption can also have a detrimental effect on dental health. The combination of sugar and acid in these products mount an ingenious attack on the teeth. There is extensive data that show, once the enamel is demineralised, it becomes more susceptible to erosion even from brushing.
This is why we work hard to educate our patients about the dangers - awareness needs to be raised of the dental risks associated with constant snacking on sugary foods and consumption of fruit juices, particularly amongst parents of young children.