Sugary sweet food tastes delicious right? But do we realize that apart from increasing chances of diabetes, it affects out teeth and oral health as well? Not just kids, but as adults; we all love sweets and candies, not to forget pastry cravings. A poor diet can cause gum diseases and tooth decay. Food high in carbohydrates, sugar and starch significantly add to the production of plaque acids which attack tooth enamel. Eventually, these acids can cause a break down in the tooth enamel forming a cavity.
Food containing sugar in any form contributes to tooth decay. Almost every food item together with milk and vegetables, contain some form of sugar. Yet, these food items are essential for a healthy diet, due to its nutritional value. To control the amount of your sugar intake, always read food and beverage labels and choose the ones that are low in added sugars.
How sugar attacks your teeth?
Germs and bacteria are invisibly present in the mouth at all times. Some of them build a sticky material called plaque, on the surface of the teeth. When you eat sugar, the bacteria of plaque in your mouth gulp the sugar, turning it into acids. These acids are strong enough to melt the hard enamel which covers your teeth. This is how cavities are formed. If you reduce sugar intake, the bacteria won’t be able to produce as much acid which eats down the enamel.
One major way to smart- snack is to avoid extra sugary foods. Gooey or chewy sweets stick on the surface of your teeth for a longer time, making way for a sugar bacterial vacation. Always recall the number of times you eat sugar in different forms, in a day and limit yourself. The acids affect your teeth for a minimum of 20 minutes, before they counterbalance and don’t harm further. So make sure you don’t fuel up for those greedy bacteria.
Whenever you eat dessert or any other sweet, brush and floss your teeth. If you are suffering from any problems you can visit Dental Sphere, a clinic famous for gum infection treatment in Pune.
Choosing the right food
Low-fat food like fresh fruits, whole-grain crackers, bread or raw vegetables are a neat choice. Eating right food help you protect tooth from decaying and other problems. Next time you go for a snack, choose food from the following list.
All the fruits and the veggies!
Unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices
Fame for the grains
Tortilla chips (baked, not fried)
Straight from the dairy
Low or non-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, paneer,etc.
Eat Meat, crack nuts and seeds
Always remember to
- Choose food less sugary.
- Limit your sugar intake.
- Eat non-fat foods from the necessary food groups.
- After having snacks and meals make sure to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
If your children are regularly eating sweet, you can take them for a routine examination in Pune, at Dental Sphere.