Our diets dictate a great deal of our overall health. Those of our who practice a balanced diet, avoiding excessive sugars and animal fats, are less likely to find ourselves struggling with weight problems, or developing a host of diseases, throughout the course of our lives. As your children’s dentist for Castle Hill, we know how important these habits are to the long-term viability of one’s pearly whites.
However, as with almost anything, moderation is key. Some elements of our diet, while they are healthy for much of our body, are less so elsewhere. And citrus fruits fit this profile perfectly.
Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits, are very common in the tropics, and are shipped globally, to feed a massive demand as a snack fruit or addition to morning mealtimes. They are used in cooking, at bars and pubs – almost everywhere. And they are healthy, good for your skin and hair, and high in Vitamin C. But over-imbibing can be detrimental to your oral health.
The reason for this is the prevalence of citric acid in these fruits. Acids leach minerals from the toughened enamel on your teeth, weakening it, and over time, leading to weak spots. These can, over time, turn in to cavities.
Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste helps to remineralise your enamel, but the abrasive brush can actually do more harm than good, if done immediately after your enjoy your fruit. It is better to wait an hour or so, and dilute the acids with a drink of water or by chewing sugar-free gums, to stimulate saliva production.
As with almost anything diet-related, ensuring that we exercise restraint can be vital. For any and all of your children’s dentistry needs in Castle Hill, Hills Dental Care is ready to help you. Book your appointment today.