The introduction of a new government tax on high sugar drinks has surely got to be good news for the health of the nation’s teeth. The role of sugar in dental decay was proved beyond any doubt many years ago, but it is only in more recent times that the role of nutrition in general has been linked to a range of dental diseases.
Gum disease, or as us dental folk like to call it, periodontal disease, is one of the conditions which sometimes proves difficult to treat despite the best efforts of patients and their clinical team. There is now strong evidence that high sugar and alcohol diets, high stress levels and poor sleep can be among some of the factors which make this a difficult disease to control.
At The Bay Dental we are currently trialling a questionnaire which has been shown to be an accurate way to predict risk factors for a range of dental diseases including tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Our aim is to help our patients understand that poor dental health can be a sign of more general health problems, and that by rebalancing diet and social factors there can be huge benefits for general wellbeing as well as improvements in dental health.