Fullife Pharmacy employee Julie Simpson gets her saliva pH tested by Channon and Lawrence dental hygienist Kyla Macdonald yesterday.
Fullife Pharmacy employee Julie Simpson gets her saliva pH tested by Channon and Lawrence dental hygienist Kyla Macdonald yesterday. Renee Pilcher

PH levels could cause tooth decay

TO celebrate World Oral Health Day last Sunday, Gympie Fullife Pharmacy and Channon and Lawrence Dental Centre joined forces to check out oral pH levels.

Testing mouths at the pharmacy yesterday, dental hygienist Kyla Macdonald said free saliva pH testing between 10am and 12pm showed some surprising results.

You might think your mouth is healthy but if your mouth’s pH levels were too acidic your teeth would start to decay, Ms Macdonald said.

There are a number of reasons why your pH levels may not be right, including medication and the amount of coffee or water consumed.

It is important to keep pH levels neutral, Ms Macdonald said, to avoid an unhealthy mouth.

Fullife’s Health promotions manager Margaret Curtis said health was a big focus for the pharmacy and there were many studies showing dental health was linked to other serious conditions.

Oral health can play a dramatic role in overall health. Gum disease has been linked with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and premature and underweight babies.

Ms Macdonald said simply drinking more water and reducing the amount of caffeine or cigarettes could improve pH levels.

She also said limiting fizzy drinks and breathing through the nose would help.

But if you were serious about getting the pH right, a gum that re-mineralised the mouth with calcium and phosphate like Recaldent would help. “Fluoride was the only re-mineralising product we had for ages,” she said.

GC Tooth Mousse would also help to put back those minerals and fluoride. Like toothpaste, the tooth mousse is applied to the teeth, but you use your finger to rub it in and don’t rinse it off.

Fullife is the only pharmacy in Australia to stock GC products, which were previously only available at the dentist.

Gympie Times


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