Having healthy teeth and gums plays an important part in your overall health and well being.
Advice and Information
We understand the importance of good dental hygiene and so have provided some information and tips to help keep your teeth and gums in good shape. The advice given here is not a substitute for seeking advice from and regularly visiting your dental health practitioner.
What causes tooth decay?
All food and beverages contain fermentable carbohydrates (sugars and starches) that have the potential to cause tooth decay.
Tooth decay (sometimes called dental caries or cavities) is caused by the interaction of bacteria that are naturally present in the mouth with carbohydrates from food and beverages. These tiny organisms form a sticky, colourless, soft film on the teeth called ‘plaque’. During the day, plaque builds up naturally on clean teeth, even when there is no food in the mouth.