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

Brushing or Flossing – Which should come first?

Brushing and flossing regularly is the basic of any dental care regime. It is strongly recommended by dentists to floss daily for good oral health. But does it really matter which act you do first – brushing or flossing? Well, it depends on who you ask. The whole dental community seems to be divided between the 2 opinions – brushing before flossing & flossing before brushing. Here’s our take on what comes first and why.

Brushing first:

  • Brushing your teeth first removes bulk of plaque leaving only those areas in between teeth where a brush can’t reach but a flosser can.
  • Brushing before flossing also allows residual fluoride from the toothpaste to enter the gap between the teeth ensuring thorough cleansing and protection.

Flossing first:

  • As opposed to the above argument, it is said that flossing first removes the plaque and debris out of the way, “opens” the area between the teeth and gum and allows the toothpaste and fluoride to enter the gaps easily.
  • Flossing first also dislodges most of the plaque, tartar and remnant food from the teeth ensuring thorough & effective clean up while brushing.
  • Some dentists recommend flossing first so as to ensure that you floss regularly alongside brushing and not skip it completely.

As per the Indian Dental Association (IDA), ‘Either way is acceptable as long as you do a thorough job.’ It doesn’t matter if you brush first or floss; there is no right or wrong answer here. Whichever way you prefer is the right way so long as you stick to the regime and remember to floss along with brushing your teeth.

Most of us either skip this act completely or do a bad job out of it. Here is the proof – according to Dr. Hujoel, a periodontist, “Self-flossing clinical trials have failed to show a benefit in the reduction of dental decay.” So perhaps the key to better oral health lies in flossing properly rather than flossing first or later.

Here lies our problem- most of us find manual or string floss quite cumbersome and inconvenient. So what is our option besides visiting dental professionals for a thorough clean up? Water Flossers! Water flossers are clinically proven to be 5 times more effective than traditional string floss to remove plaque and tartar build-up. That is not all; water flossers also improve gum health and reduce gingivitis.

Oral Care Solutions provides you with a range of family oral health products, including the compact & portable Smart Water Flosser & convenient Tabletop Water Flosser for advanced oral health care.