December 10, 2016
“Eating sweets causes cavities.” A statement we’ve been hearing since childhood. But does sugar really cause cavities? Or to put it precisely… is sugar the only reason for cavities and tooth decay? While we blame all the sugary sweets for causing cavities, sugar itself is not the real culprit for the tooth decay.
Plaque is a thin, translucent film of bacteria that coats the tooth surface. When sugar and starchy foods come in contact with plaque, it reacts with the bacteria to form acids that erode the tooth enamel and cause decay.
Its plaque not sugar that causes cavities! Plaque is formed because of the debris of food that sticks in between the groves and crevices of the teeth. Sugar is just one form of carb. Foods like burgers, fries, aerated drinks, coffee, and other starchy, oily eatables also contribute to the formation of plaque.
The following info graphic tells you which foods are good, bad & ugly for your teeth.
Food rich in fibre like apples, celery, carrots stimulates saliva that provides the best natural defence against the acids and bacteria. Saliva also contains traces of calcium and phosphate which help restore teeth back to health.
Green tea contains antioxidants and polyphenols that suppress the bacterial growth.
Poultry and sea food is loaded with calcium which is basically what our teeth are composed of.
It has been scientifically proven that cheese has the ability to stop decay.
The Bad: Some foods, if consumed in moderate quantities are not as critical for dental health as those that fall in the worst category like caramel candies.
Sweets like milk chocolates, cakes, doughnuts, beverages like coffee, processed fruit juices and oily starchy food like burgers, fries, bread, pizzas have moderate potential for causing tooth decay if proper dental care is not taken.
Stay away from foods like hard candy, breath mints, raisins, dry cereal, popcorn. They can get stuck in between the grooves and crevices of your teeth, where they cause decay.
Most aerated drinks are laden with sugar and contain capacious amount of phosphoric and citric acid that erode the tooth enamel. These should be avoided when possible.
Good nutrition goes a long way in maintaining good dental health. But alongside eating healthy, you also need to keep up with a good oral hygiene routine like – brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once a day with regular check-ups by your dentist. Inculcating good dental habits in your kids from a very young age is important. Try using fun ways to get them to brush their teeth diligently by using a toothbrush that plays music like Oral Care’s Kids Musical Toothbrush or electrical toothbrushes. Good oral health is a sign of a good overall health.
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