Do you love to eat sweets? Sugar can lead to tooth decay.
Sugar is a carbohydrate that is found naturally in foods such as bread, pasta, fruit, milk and yogurt. But too much sugar can make your teeth sensitive and cause them to become more prone to decay.
Tooth decay is caused when bacteria (bacteria) on your teeth begin to digest the sugars in food. The bacteria then release acids which destroy the enamel on your teeth.
You can help protect your teeth against tooth decay by eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Eat foods that are low in sugar, such as apples, pears, celery and carrots.
The most common type of tooth decay is called ‘cavitation’. This happens when the outer layer of a tooth has been eaten away by acid. Cavitation makes it easier for plaque bacteria to attach to your teeth.
Another form of tooth decay is known as ‘hypersensitivity’. If you have hypersensitive teeth, you may notice that when you eat hot or cold foods, you feel pain.
Sensitivity can be caused by high levels of fluoride in your toothpaste. Toothpaste that contains a lot of fluoride can make your teeth more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.
Beware of foods with high sugar content. Some of the foods with high sugar content are:
If you have sensitive teeth, rinse your mouth after eating with a special mouthwash containing fluoride. Mouthwashes with fluoride can help reduce tooth sensitivity. You may also want to try using a toothbrush that has a brush head made from bamboo.
To find out if you have hypersensitivity, speak to your dentist. They can help you find out whether you’re sensitive to certain foods or drinks.
It’s important to remember that it’s not just the amount of sugar that matters. It’s how you eat it. Here are a few tips for improving your diet and helping prevent tooth decay:
Try to avoid foods with added sugar. Foods that are low in sugar are:
Your body needs vitamins and minerals to keep your teeth healthy. A well-balanced diet will help you avoid problems like tooth decay.
A straw can help you limit the amount of liquid you drink. If you have a straw in the house, you’ll be less likely to drink sugary drinks.