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1-8th August is Dental Health Week.
Nutrition To Help Fight Dental Decay.
What you eat and drink plays a role in whether you will suffer from dental decay.
An increase in soft and sport drinks is contributing to a decline in the dental health of Australian teens. Research has also shown that obesity can be linked to gum disease.
The Australian Dental Association, recommend the following-
  • Keep sugary snacks to a minimum and try to have them close to meal times. This reduces the amount of bacteria attacks.
  • Chewing sugar free gum after sugary sweets is good. This stimulates saliva flow and protects teeth from decay.
  • Follow a diet high in fruit and vegetables and ensure dairy products are eaten as they contain calcium.
  • Minimise the amount of sugary, high acid soft and sports drinks and fruit juices.
  • If these beverages are consumed, follow with a glass of water.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush, floss and rinse your mouth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
For more information go to-
Yours in Health
Lani Clements
School Based Youth Health Nurse