Care of your teeth: good diet = healthy teeth

We all need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking, healthy smile. What’s more, a good diet is essential for general growth and development and to give you the energy needed to live life to the full. Almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay. To help control the amount of sugar you or your child consumes, always read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Also, select beverages, such as water, that hydrates and contributes to good nutrition. Limit the amount and frequency of caffeinated drinks tea / coffee / and some of the herbal teas, and sports drinks – these will give you an energy boost initially only to leave you feeling low on energy an hour or so later… thus risking reaching for the sugar containing energy drinks or juices for your next energy boost.

Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Like the rest of the body, the teeth, bones and the soft tissues of the mouth need a well-balanced diet.

What's wrong with sugary snacks?

Sugary snacks taste so good — but they aren't so good for your teeth or your body. The candies, cakes, cookies and other sugary foods that kids love to eat between meals can cause tooth decay. Some sugary foods have a lot of fat in them to.

How do sugars attack your teeth?

Invisible germs, called bacteria live in your mouth all the time. Some of these bacteria form a sticky material called “dental plaque” on the surface of the teeth. When you put sugar in your mouth, the bacteria in the plaque digest the sweet foods and turn it into acids. These acids are powerful enough to dissolve the hard protective enamel that covers your teeth. That's how cavities get started. If you don't eat much sugar, the bacteria can't produce as much of the acid that destroys the enamel.


parallax background

Patient feedback

  • As a very anxious dental patient I was recommended Carolyn Langrell-Read by a family member who happens to be a dental nurse herself, high praise in itself. I have now been a patient since 1986 and am extremely happy with her caring and professional manner. I required a significant amount of work to be done and have been well informed throughout each stage of the process. Over the past few years my attitude has changed since my first visit when I was terrified to even walk through the door, recently I was so relaxed that I nearly fell asleep in the chair and not due to sedation!! That is due to Carolyn’s patient, kind and thoughtful nature, it makes travelling from the North Shore very worthwhile indeed.
    Chrissie Cunningham
  • I have known Carolyn Langrell - Read for 6 years. In this time she has treated my gum disease, suggested that I should consider braces, (my bottom teeth were breaking my top teeth), and given me superior dental treatment. Her skill in filling, reconstructing, capping and saving teeth some that have been filled generously with amalgam in the past is extraordinary. Her manner is friendly and professional. She gives you an excellent explanation (both verbal and written) of the treatment she proposes or has achieved. Her equipment is excellent and this combined with her expertise enables her to achieve a very high standard of dental work I feel very confident that Carolyn will look after my teeth in the future and I can recommend her as an exceptional dentist.
    Diane McWilliams
  • Good morning Elaynor Thank you for the follow up call. The treatment has worked well and I have recovered fully. My long term association with your Clinic and repeated visits are a testimony of the good and professional care provided by Dr. Langrell-Read and her staff. I am always impressed with her eye for detail and the ability to listen and to communicate with her patient regarding the treatment planned and undertaken. I have recommended her services to my daughter in law.
    Ram Narayan
  • Carolyn's dedication insists on nothing but the best for her clients. Her well established business in Newmarket has a friendly atmosphere coupled with experience and meticulous care.
    Barbara Curties