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Tooth Decay Tips

What You Eat Affects Your Teeth?

Dr. Anju Thomas 85% (14 ratings)
BDS, MDS Prosthodontics
Dentist, Bangalore
What You Eat Affects Your Teeth?

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process.

Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health. Your individual nutrition and calorie need depend on your age, gender, level of physical activity and other health factors, but according to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced and healthy diet should include: Fruits and vegetables. Combined, these should cover half your plate at meals. Grains, At least half of the grains you eat should be whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread, and brown rice. Dairy, Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods most often. Protein. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry, and fish. Vary your protein choices to also include eggs, beans, peas, and legumes. Eat at least eight ounces of seafood a week. In addition to diet, it’s also important to stay active for good health. Adults should get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity every week. The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon:

  1.  The form of the food—whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve makes a difference.
  2. How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages.
  3. The nutritional makeup of the food.
  4. The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them.
  5. Medical conditions you may have, such as gastrointestinal reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weaken teeth

For dental health, it’s recommended that people limit eating and drinking between meals. Of course, sometimes eating between meals must happen. Unfortunately, most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks; foods that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice—such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts—for your overall health and the health of your teeth. 

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Diet And Dental Health!

Dr. Anju Thomas 85% (14 ratings)
BDS, MDS Prosthodontics
Dentist, Bangalore
Diet And Dental Health!
  • Empty calorie foods such as candy (especially hard or sticky candies like lollipops, mints, taffy and caramel), sweets like cookies, cakes and muffins, and snack foods like chips are a cause for dental concern, not only because they offer no nutritional value, but because the amount and type of sugar that they contain that can adhere to teeth. The bacteria in your mouth feed off these sugars, releasing acids, and that’s what leads to tooth decay.
  • Sugar-containing drinks—soda, lemonade, juice and sweetened coffee or tea (iced or hot)—are particularly harmful because sipping them causes a constant sugar bath over teeth, which promotes tooth decay. 
  • Nutritious, acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits can have acidic effects on tooth enamel, too, so eat them as part of a meal, not by themselves. Dried fruits, including raisins, are also good choices for a healthy diet, but since they are sticky and adhere to teeth, the plaque acids that they produce continue to harm teeth long after you stop eating them. Opt for a piece of fresh fruit instead.
  • Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens, and almonds, are foods that may benefit tooth health thanks to their high amounts of calcium and other nutrients they provide. Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk, and eggs are the best sources of phosphorus. Both of these minerals play a critical role in dental health, by protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel.
  • Fruits and vegetables are good choices for a healthy smile since they are high in water and fiber, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean the teeth. These foods also help stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from teeth and helps neutralize acid, protecting teeth from decay. Plus, many contain vitamin C (important for healthy gums and quick healing of wounds) and vitamin A (another key nutrient in building tooth enamel).
  • Hands down, water—particularly fluoridated water—is the most tooth-friendly beverage

Kids Care Tips!

Dr. Hetal Chheda 85% (10 ratings)
BDS, Certificate of Speciality Training In Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Advanced Certificate Course In Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Mumbai

Never put your kid to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice, Since it can cause tooth decay. The sugar content in the milk or juices can cause all the front teeth to decay, causing nursing bottle caries or early childhood caries.

Using An Appropriate Tooth paste!

Dr. Jyoti Ranjan 91% (541 ratings)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Endodontics, B.D.S
Dentist, Cuttack
Using An Appropriate Tooth paste!

Using an appropriate tooth paste is very necessary for the health of our teeth. Tooth pastes which contain flouride help in keeping the teeth healthy by reducing the risk of tooth decay.

 

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Oral Care For Children!

Dr. Puneet Kansal 90% (875 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Meerut
Oral Care For Children!

Dental sealants: protection shield for children oral health

10% of children are prone to dental cavities, as it is one of the most common problems worldwide. Children need specialized pediatric care & their parents have to play an important role to take care of their children's dental health.

Cavities occur when children takes more sugar in their diet which forms plaque or translucent bacterial on the tooth surface. It destroys the tooth enamel. Once you lose tooth enamel, it can't be recovered.

Many studies showed that from childhood to adulthood, children have many dental problems and the most common is cavities. As we can do, many cure through dental visits, good oral hygiene, fluoridated tooth paste which have minimum quantity of fluoride, flossing, mouth rinse.

After all the precautions, children still have cavities because some have low immunity so response to bacteria is more prone on their oral cavity. When your child eats and drinks, these bacteria create acids, which can dissolve the protective layer beneath the retained plaque. It removes minerals from the enamel, which if left untreated causing a cavity. Parents often have questions about how to take care of their children's teeth.

For good oral hygiene of children, using dental sealants as protection shield to keep the teeth healthy. Dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the teeth, hardens them, and provides a barrier against plaque and other harmful substances. They are usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth, the molars and premolars & protect them from cavities. It works like rain coat for tooth against cavities.

Dental sealant procedure:

First, polishing the surface of the tooth to remove plaque and food debris from the pit and fissure surfaces.
Next, isolate and dry the tooth. Then, etch will apply on the surface of the tooth, rinse off the etching material and dry the tooth.
Applying the sealant on the surface of the tooth with a brush; a self-curing light will be used for about 30 seconds to bond the sealant to the tooth surface.
Then, evaluating the dental sealant and check the occlusion. Once the sealant as hardened it becomes a hard plastic coating, and child can chew on the tooth again.

Many studies have shown that dental sealant are effective in helping to prevent decay on chewing (occlusal) surfaces for last many years. If necessary, it is also possible to place a new dental sealant on the tooth. Dental sealant is a painless treatment without drilling or numbing medications. Sealants are more common in children because of the new growth of permanent teeth.

 

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I Brush My Teeth Regularly But I Still Have Cavities!

Dr. Pogaku Rajkumar 90% (85 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Hyderabad
I Brush My Teeth Regularly But I Still Have Cavities!

Brushing alone is not enough ,proper brushing along with flossing is effective.

Are you brushing the  right way?  

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.

Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.

Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

 Brush atleast for 2 minutes.

Use of Mouthwash, for better results use fluoride based mouth wash after brushing.

Swish your mouth after every snack.

Avoid food containing  high sugars before bed.

Ask your dentist about dental sealants (a plastic protective coating) applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars) to protect them from decay.

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Dental Care!

BDS
Dentist, Delhi
Dental Care!

Flossing once a day is recommend as it quickly take care of any food particles that maybe lodged in your teeth & prevent tooth decay.

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Types Of Mouth Wash!

Dr. Hetal Chheda 85% (10 ratings)
BDS, Certificate of Speciality Training In Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Advanced Certificate Course In Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Mumbai
Types Of Mouth Wash!

There are two types of mouth washes.

Therapeutic and cosmetic 

Therapeutic mouth wash contains active ingredients to control or reduce bad breath, plaque, gingivitis and tooth decay. It should be diluted before use as prescribed by the dentist. And for limited period of time and avoid prolong use. 

Cosmetic mouth wash temporarily control bad breath and leave behind a pleasent taste and have temporary effects.

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Dental Health!

Dr. Kushal Bhandari 90% (119 ratings)
Certified Implantologist, Advanced Aesthetics
Dentist, Pune
Dental Health!

Using an appropriate tooth paste is very necessary for the health of our teeth. Tooth pastes which contain flouride help in keeping the teeth healthy by reducing the risk of tooth decay.

3 people found this helpful

Prevent Tooth Decay!

Dr. Mithunesh Sayasikamal 90% (1471 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Betul
Prevent Tooth Decay!

Flossing once a day is recommend as it quickly take care of any food particles that maybe lodged in your teeth & prevent tooth decay.

4 people found this helpful
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