Do Your Teeth a Favor: Avoid Foods that Wreck Oral Health
Friday, June 15, 2018
“Oral health is a reflection of the physiological, social and psychological factors that are essential to your quality of life”
The oral cavity is considered one of the greatest assets that human beings are born with and given its enormous utility and diverse functions; it is only fair to give your pearly whites the treatment that they deserve. The ‘treatment’ might depend on what condition your teeth are in right now. If you have a healthy set of 32s, it’s care and prevention for you, however if you’ve managed to sabotage your oral health or developed crooked teeth for any reason, it is best to visit a specialist to be able to obtain sound advice on what measures to take in order to get your ‘house’ in order.
If you’re in the care and prevention bracket there might be a number of things that you can do. However to get the ball rolling we discuss a few things to avoid in order to maintain your oral health.
Sugars might be your weak spot but mind you, they are the ideal growth elements for germs and harmful microbes. When you consume sugars, some of it remains lodged in the spaces between your teeth and gums, allowing bacteria to set in and break these sugars down in order to reproduce in your mouth. The results are ailments like gingivitis, cavities, etc.
Sport and carbonated drinks
Loaded with insane amounts of sugar and fizz, i.e., carbon dioxide, regular consumption of these drinks leads to corrosion of the enamel on the surface of your teeth, leaving them discolored and vulnerable to infections. Experts throw in a tip at this point to avoid brushing immediately after consuming carbonated drinks as this actually fastens the decay process.
These sweets are essentially combining the destruction of sugars with the ability of being able to cling onto your teeth better. It is a nightmare to remove these from your teeth because of their sticky nature and sitting in your oral cavity, they allow bacteria to have a feast of their own at the expense of your health.
Apart from having similar affects to carbonated drinks, alcohol dries out your mouth, meaning a deficiency of saliva in your oral cavity. Saliva is produced for a number of reasons; it helps break down food particles in your mouth and also cleans any small particles that remain afterwards. The hydration produced by saliva coupled with its acidic nature neutralizes any harmful bacteria harboring in your mouth. Alcohol causes saliva production to drop, depriving your oral cavity of its benefits.
Bread is loaded with carbohydrates that break down into sugars. Also when you chew on bread it becomes a sticky, gewy liquid that sticks to your teeth and cause cavities.
Protecting your teeth from damage before things get out of hand is important. This means avoiding the consumption of certain foods like sugars, carbonated drinks and alcohol. These coupled with regular brushing and flossing are little secrets to healthy teeth.
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