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Hidden dietary sources of tooth decay

Sunday, June 7   Posted in General Dentistry  by admin  Tagged # Hidden sources of Dental caries

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Dental plaque, poor oral hygiene conditions and refined sugars are the main sources of tooth decay. Meticulous oral hygiene measures remove dental plaque efficiently minimizing the occurrence of dental caries. However, it is extremely difficult to modify dietary and beverage consumption responsible for the process of teeth demineralization. Quantities of sugars and carbohydrates in meals can be adjusted when motivated folks wish to do so. The main source of sugars and sweets remain the hidden sources. Fresh juices and drinks are always recommended by dieticians for maintenance of good health but acidic beverages can erode your teeth and should be consumed with care.

Dry fruits are considered especially cariogenic due to their sticky nature. These products are difficult to remove through normal oral hygiene methods and special oral care is required. Same goes with the crispy and sticky potato chips and fries.  Excessive consumption of juices is harmful. Tomato ketchup is another hidden source of dental caries and most people do not know this. Chewable vitamin tablets can also lower the PH value of the oral environment promoting demineralization. Alcohol and wine consumption should be followed by plain water in order to minimize the toxic effects on dentition. Following article discusses these sources in detail along with solutions to prevent the development of carious process in teeth.

We all know that candy and soda aren’t good for our teeth, but the sugars and acids lurking in other, seemingly innocuous (and even healthy) foods can also do a number on your dental hygiene. We got New York City-based cosmetic dentist Marc Lowenberg, DDS, to give us real talk on five culprits you didn’t realize were hurting your choppers, and how to prevent the damage.

The solution: Sip juice through a straw to help keep it away from the surfaces of your teeth. And make sure sure to wait at least 45 minutes post-drinking to brush your teeth: Scrubbing them immediately while after acid has softened their enamel can leave them even more vulnerable to damage.

Backyard barbecues are a summer staple. But most people don’t realize that the thick, sweet sauce marinating your chicken and ribs is also marinating your teeth in sugar (yep, the sauce is full of it), potentially sending you down a road of tooth discoloration and decay if it’s in your mouth long enough.

Red wine tends to get a bad rap for staining teeth—and it does!—but white’s no better for your dental health. The acid in white wine eats away at your enamel and leaves teeth vulnerable to stains from other foods or drinks.