Diet is one of the biggest factors which can affect your oral hygiene, especially if you eat a lot of sugary foods and drinks which are very acidic. The reason sugar is so harmful to your teeth is that it actually feeds the harmful bacteria on your teeth, causing more damage as the bacteria breaks down your teeth. This is why it's important to thoroughly and regularly brush your teeth after eating sugary foods. However, it's important to wait at least an hour before brushing, otherwise, you could simply move the sugar around your mouth rather than removing it completely.
If the sugar which is sitting on your teeth isn't removed, it can cause tooth decay and gum disease - issues that can worsen if not treated. Other factors of your diet can harm your teeth too, such as acidic foods, which can break down your tooth's enamel and weaken your gum line. If you persistently eat acid foods, this will weaken the gum, exposing the nerve centre and causing sensitive teeth. Cutting down on the amount of sugary and acidic foods you eat, the better your oral health will be.
Other foods with strong colouring can affect the colour of your teeth too. Coffee and red wine have long been known to stain teeth due to their extremely dark colours. Tooth enamel can become discoloured and if you continue to drink these, the discolouration can become more serious. One of the best ways to combat this is by using a mouth rinse after drinking coffee or red wine, to prevent residue from the drinks sitting on your teeth. If the issues have become serious and you have permanent discolouration of your teeth or they are no longer as white as you would like, we can offer treatments to help restore your teeth.
One of the most popular treatments we offer is our same-day smile makeover which is where we'll use a composite material and apply it to your tooth which can improve the shape of your teeth as well as the colour. By using composite bonding or composite veneers, we're able to restore the colour of your teeth to a healthy and vibrant white. If you opt for composite veneers, where we apply a layer of composite material over your full tooth, you'll benefit from a treatment that can last up to 10 years, if you look after them properly.