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The saying “you are what you eat” is even more irritating when you realise how true it is. In terms of the health of your teeth, the health of your food choices is extremely apparent. Our dental hygienist can very clearly see what you’ve been eating by the amount of plaque coating your teeth. After we eat a sugary snack, the sugars in that food or drink cause the enamel on your tooth to break down. If enough of the enamel has broken down, there is a big chance of a cavity forming. How can you avoid the likelihood of you developing a cavity? By avoiding the foods listed below. Some of them may be surprising!

What foods are bad for my teethBread

This entry may surprise some of you! When we chew bread, the saliva in your mouth breaks down the bread’s starch into sugar. Now the starch is a paste, this paste easily sticks to the crevices between your teeth. This means that cavities are likely to form. If you’re feeling the need to eat some carbs, your dentist will recommend you pick a less-refined bread like whole-wheat. This type of bread contains less sugars and aren’t broken down as easily.

Alcohol

Many of us are already aware of the health risks to drinking alcohol, but it also doesn’t so much for the health of your teeth. Alcohol is known to dry out our mouths – a money making technique. You buy a drink, consume it, your mouth dries out very fast, so you buy another drink because you’re still thirsty. Although a great way for the alcohol companies to make a profit, it comes at a sacrifice of the health of your teeth. If your mouth is dry, this means that your mouth is lacking saliva. Saliva is crucial in keeping our teeth healthy, as it prevents food from sticking to our teeth and it washes away food particles.

Citrus

Maybe the most surprising entry on this list, is citrus based fruits. Yes, fruit can be a bad choice! Fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons are all extremely tasty as fruits or juices and most of your body will thank you for choosing these over a traditionally unhealthy snack. However, these fruits are extremely high in acidity. Even just squeezing their juice into water to add flavour, transfers a lot of acid into your water. Again, this acid will break down the enamel on your teeth. Also, citrus fruits can be extremely bothersome to any hidden mouth sores – they won’t be hidden for too long!

What foods are bad for my teethCarbonated drinks

This one will come to no surprise, as the majority of us are aware of the problems from drinking too many fizzy drinks. Even those that have the word “diet” in the title, will still cause a lot of harm to your teeth if over-consumed. In fact, a recent study in America actually confirmed that drinking a large amount of carbonated drinks does the same amount of damage to your teeth as using drugs such as methamphetamine and crack cocaine!

It’s the acid in the carbonated drinks which cause your dentist to wince. The acid attacks your tooth enamel, causing it to break down. By drinking constant fizzy drinks, you’re essentially coating your teeth in this damaging acid. But not only does it do damage to your teeth through the acid consumption, but darkly coloured sodas are very likely to stain your teeth. In general, it’s best to avoid these products or drink them in moderation.

Why Choose Down House Dental Practice for Dental Hygiene Services?

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Expert Hygienists

Our skilled and experienced hygienists provide top-notch care and preventive advice.
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Comprehensive Cleanings

We offer thorough dental cleanings, removing plaque and tartar for optimal oral health.
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Personalised Care

Tailored hygiene plans address your unique needs and goals.
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Advanced Technology

We use state-of-the-art equipment for efficient and comfortable cleanings.
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Affordability

Enjoy quality dental hygiene services starting from just £72.
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Down House Dental Practice - Dentist in Steyning Sussex

What Our Patients Say

Kevin Morris
Kevin Morris
2024-02-22
Clare with her team provided a dental filling experience that was explained very well and performed professionally with courtesy and understanding.
Graham Cooper
Graham Cooper
2024-02-16
Dr Ali was very good with giving me advice about my tretment for a broken tooth. I would recommend him as a dentist.
Penny Greenfield
Penny Greenfield
2024-02-15
There's always a warm welcome from all staff at Down House Dental Practice. I've been a patient for many years. My present dentist is gentle and most reassuring. I've had a few different treatments and nothing is too much trouble. After a particularly difficult session i had a call from Claire (dentist) to see how I was. Both Claire and her nurse, Catherine are professional and sympathetic and I know I'm in very safe hands. Not forgetting Tesh, the hygienist who is always so efficient and gives great advice and care. Thank you Down House Surgery, you are a great team.
Al and Pam Turner
Al and Pam Turner
2024-02-14
Excellent work by my dentist, Ali Noori.
JEAN HAMMOND
JEAN HAMMOND
2024-02-14
Very happy with this practice. Tesh is a brilliant hygienist & a lovely person
Valerie Holden
Valerie Holden
2024-02-14
All the staff are amazingly friendly . They always make you feel at ease by explaining what is going to happen. A lovely dentist practice highly recommended
Kate Gover
Kate Gover
2024-02-07
Clare is an excellent dentist: incredibly friendly, highly professional and very kind. I can highly recommend her.
Adrian Ridley
Adrian Ridley
2024-02-06
Very efficient service with professional and friendly staff. They ane always brilliant with our children who are registered with this practice. They explain everything clearly and put them at ease. Highly recommend and wish we could be registered as NHS patients too! 😊
mark Trickey
mark Trickey
2024-02-06
Why use the NHS when you can use the best. Teeth are a precious commodity and Down House Dental Practice is worth every penny. I lost a gold crown the other day. On a Sunday. Refitted within 48 hours.
Emma Cripps
Emma Cripps
2024-02-02
Friendly professional and they allow ESA dogs in

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We are conveniently located at 📍17 Church Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YB📍You can access our expert dental services by car or by  public transportation with ease.

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