food habits increase the risk of cavities

How Our Food Habits Increases the Risk of Cavities

Our favourite sweet treats to eat and drink can lead to increased cavities. A clear link has been shown between eating habits and the overall health of the teeth and gums.

Key takeaways:

-Dairy products, vegetables, fruit and whole grains are good for your teeth as well as your general health.

-Constantly snack through the increases the risk of cavities, especially if it includes chips, crackers, gummy bears, caramel and sticky candies.

-Drinking tap water is best, as it contains no sugar and washes away trapped food which feeds plaque-forming bacteria.

“Water is your healthiest drink option—especially tap water, which typically contains fluoride. Plus, staying hydrated is good for your whole body.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.

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