It may come as no surprise that having sugary drinks regularly can wreck havoc on your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth use the sugar to produce acids that attack the tooth enamel resulting in often quite large holes called cavities. If left untreated, the bacteria in these cavities will continue to eat away at the tooth which will become extremely painful and can result in the tooth needing to be taken out.
In a shocking article posted by the Age just recently, it seems that for the 70, 000 Australians that are admitted to hospital regarding dental issues, the messages about the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene and a balanced diet are failing to get through.
According to data posted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data, 42% of all children aged 5–10 have experienced tooth decay in their primary teeth (‘baby teeth’).
If that’s not horrifying enough, in some cases toddlers have had to have all their baby teeth extracted due to tooth decay,
Can you imagine the school photos?
It’s not just children that are suffering. According to research 1 in 25 Australians aged 15 and over have no natural teeth.
Considering that many dental issues are preventable through good dental hygiene and regular check ups with your dentist (we’re talking every 6 months ideally), this is an astonishing statistic.
It’s no lie that dentistry can be expensive and many people put off having dental treatment due to the cost, but when you consider your options long term, it’s better to have treatment done now rather than later. Putting of treatment in the hope that the problem will go away (note: it usually doesn’t) is never a good idea and can actually end up costing you a lot more than if you were to have it treated in the beginning.
So don’t be fooled. That little cavity you have now might not be causing you any issues at the moment but it can pack a punch. Toothache anyone?
But the good news is that doing something about it and improving your dental hygiene and diet can make a big difference. It’s like they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and if you brush and floss afterwards your dentist will be happy too.