5 TIPS TO REDUCE SUGAR FROM THE DIET

Healthy teeth is not an option, it is a way of life. Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet is not only beneficial for your teeth but also your health in general. Sugar helps bacteria stick to the tooth surface producing plaque. The more sugar you consume, the more acids are produced and over time this leads to tooth decay.
Read on to know the 5 most important expert tips to slash sugar from your diet:

TIP#1: OPT FOR SUGAR FREE BREAKFAST

There may be high levels of sugar in some breakfast cereals. Switching to lower level of sugar or no added sugar cereals will have a massive impact on your dental and overall health. Go for unsweetened versions of common foods like non-dairy milk which includes almond and soya, nut butter, oatmeal and fruits.

TIP#2: RECOGNIZE SUGAR CONTENT

There are many hidden sugars in certain food items. Everything which you don’t think is sweet like ketchup, salad dressings, condiments etc. have sugar in it. Make sure you read the food label of the product in which they have properly listed the contents and quantity of sugar. You will need to look for more than just the word ‘Sugar’ as it hides under various tricky names like sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses and corn syrup.

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TIP#3: BE SMART & SNACK WISELY

You have already eaten your breakfast and it is still time for the lunch but you can’t stop craving for something to eat. Do not rush out for unhealthy options like cakes, candies, cookies and other sugary foods which cause tooth decay. Choose to snack smartly with fresh fruits, raw vegetables like carrots, cucumber or handful of nuts which will provide that energy boost you need. Remember to choose sugary food less often and avoid them between meals.

TIP#4: SAY YES TO HEALTHY DRINKS

Sweetened drinks with high sugar content create a perfect storm that put you at a risk of tooth decay, weight gain and other health issues. Avoiding aerated or sugar drinks is a good idea but that is not the only sugar packed drink out there. Make sure you try to moderate the amount of sugary drinks you consume and prefer healthy drinks and smoothies like Kiwi and Banana smoothie, Strawberry smoothie, Celery smoothie etc

TIP#5: HIT THE SACK EARLY

Brushing & Flossing your teeth post dinner serves as a reminder that you are not supposed to eat. The cool fresh feeling in your mouth refrains you from actually grabbing mid night snacks or scouting the refrigerator for desserts and ice cream. Being a night owl results in mid night cravings due to which, brushing and flossing at night becomes clearly pointless. So make sure you fix a time when you are suppose to sleep and stick to it.

So Don’t Forget…

Cutting down on sugar feels like an impossible task but eventually your taste buds will adjust accordingly. If you normally put two packets of sugar in your coffee, for instance, try one for a week, then half, and finally add only milk. For your yogurt, mix half a serving of sweetened yogurt with half a serving of plain, and eventually move on to adding natural sweetness with fresh fruit

And if you still can’t seem to follow our tips, make sure that you Brush & Floss twice a day and follow our 2 minute Oral Care Routine daily using advanced dental Products like Oral Care’s Smart Water Flosser & Oral Care’s Musical Electronic Toothbrush

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Busting 6 Common Dental Myths

Isn’t it that faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally try to ride out the bad toothache.

After all how many times have you heard anyone say “Oh doc, it felt so good when you were drilling my teeth?”  The matter of fact is – visiting the dentist can be a traumatizing experience that can make a lasting bad impression on you.

It is this very anxiety and stress associated with dentists and dental problems that have escalated many dental myths. It’s time to bust the most common dental myths that hinder our oral health and open our eyes to reality.

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Myth#1 – Whiter teeth means healthier teeth

For all those who think your teeth should be “pearly white” here is an eye opener – the strongest teeth are natural, healthy ones and they are not pristine white. In fact they are a couple of shades darker, ranging from light grey to light yellow. This is because the enamel itself is bluish-white and can be a bit translucent towards the tips. It is because of this that yellow of dentine shows through, which makes your teeth appear light yellow – “Not White”.

Myth#2 – Teeth whitening / bleaching erodes teeth enamel

People are obsessed with getting pearly whites so bleaching or teeth-whitening is the fastest and safest way to get white teeth. It oxidizes your teeth using carbamide peroxide so that light refracts more favourably off the enamel. The root of this myth lies in the fact that prior to 1990 the materials used to bleach included acidic contents which after prolonged use eroded the enamel. But with advancement in technology and with new discoveries this is no more the issue. Bleaching materials now are basic PH materials.

Myth#3 – More sugar you eat, more damaged your teeth

Sure, sugar is bad for you, but it is not the only reason for tooth decay. The real cause of tooth decay is a combination of sugar, bacteria and acids.  If you are consuming more sugar but also maintaining a good oral health routine like rinsing your mouth after those sugary treats and brushing & flossing your teeth daily which keeps the plaque and tartar at bay, the chances of tooth decay are minimal. Studies have proven that even if you don’t consume sugar but have a bad oral hygiene habits, you are still equally prone to tooth decay and cavities.

Myth#4 – Electric brushes cleans teeth more effectively

False: An Electric toothbrush does as much a good job as any manual toothbrush will, provided you know how to brush properly. The idea of brushing teeth is to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums. Most toothbrushes will keep your teeth clean if you are using the proper techniques of brushing your teeth. The popularity of electric toothbrushes is due to its convenience and admittedly they are more fun to brush your teeth with.

Myth#5 – Don’t brush and floss while suffering from bleeding gums

One thing you have to remember that brushing doesn’t only clean your teeth but also removes plaque from the gums, increases blood circulation and stimulates them. Not brushing and flossing will only aggravate the problem and increase inflammation caused by plaque deposits and bacteria. If you are suffering from sore and bleeding gums, it is advisable to brush gently with a soft bristles toothbrush and instead of string floss use advanced water flossers like Oral Care’s Portable Water Flossers for gentle and effective cleaning.

Myth#6 – The more you brush, the cleaner and healthier your teeth

The whole point of brushing is to remove plaque and stimulate your gums. And for doing that brushing ‘properly’ two times a day is sufficient. In fact more the number of times you brush or the harder you brush, chances are that you are going to erode the enamel which would eventually lead to tooth loss or a broken tooth.

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5 Myths about Tooth Sensitivity, Debunked

Desserts, something we look forward to after every meal. Think ice-creams, pastries, pudding, chocolate and cookies, can you ever say no to them? But sometimes pampering your sweet tooth comes at the cost of a little pain. Halfway through enjoying a spoonful of your favourite ice-cream, you experience a sudden sharp sting shoot through your teeth. Tooth Sensitivity is this twinge of pain one experiences when food which is too cold, hot, sweet or sour touches your teeth. It is a sensation that only lasts for a few seconds, which most of us write off as a normal and temporary ailment and fail to take preventive actions.

There are many misconceptions about tooth sensitivity. For a start, many people don’t know what tooth sensitivity is. And those who do know about it seem to misconstrue certain facts like – sensitivity affects only when you eat cold sweets, it is caused because of cavities alone… So let’s bust 5 myths revolving around tooth sensitivity and get some facts straight

Myth #1: Only cavities cause tooth sensitivity

Fact: Cavities are one of the causes of Tooth Sensitivity but not the only cause. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel erodes or wears off gradually, exposing the softer tissue below called dentine. Dentine is directly connected to the nerve endings and when it is agitated it elicits sharp jolts of pain. Tooth enamel can wear off due to many reasons besides cavities – like brushing too hard, teeth grinding, gingivitis, receding gums etc.

Myth#2: Only cold sweets like ice cream can trigger tooth sensitivity.

Fact: When unprotected dentine comes in contact with any food which is hot, cold, sweet or sour, it can trigger the nerves and cause the sudden piercing sensation in your teeth.

Myth#3: It is ordinary for teeth to hurt when you eat hot, cold or sour food.

Fact: It is not common to suffer from tooth sensitivity. The symptoms usually indicate some underlying ailments like tooth decay, gum diseases, worn out fillings…

Myth#4: You don’t need to seek treatment for tooth sensitivity

Fact: Since the underlying causes of sensitivity can be a number of dental ailments like gum diseases, cracked tooth, decay; you do need to take preventive action soon. If left untreated, these can lead to major diseases like infection, swollen and bleeding gums, gingivitis. The best and fastest way to fix this problem is to get professional advice from your dentist. Depending upon the severity of the problem your dentist will be able to give you an early and appropriate treatment before these small symptoms can become larger complications.

Myth#5: There is no cure for tooth sensitivity

Fact: Tooth sensitivity can be easily treated. It is always recommended to see your dentist if you see the indications of sensitivity. Depending on the cause of the sensitivity your dentist can recommend special desensitizing tooth paste or other treatments. But maintaining good oral hygiene is also equally important. Brush your teeth twice and floss at least once daily. Here are a few things you can you should take care of:
• Use soft bristle toothbrush
• Don’t brush too hard. It will wear out the enamel faster.
• If flossing with string floss leads to bleeding gums, use water flossers instead like Oral Care’s water flossers for gentle and effective cleaning.

If you still think tooth sensitivity isn’t a big problem, which it is temporary and can be neglected, think about a lifetime of depriving yourself of your favourite ice cream or mornings without a refreshing cup of coffee / tea. If a migraine or back ache doesn’t go unnoticed, then why should pain in your teeth be neglected? Particularly when with proper care and early treatment, tooth sensitivity can be preventable.