5 Worst food for Teeth

Top 5 worst food for teeth are just the most important categories of food that you should definitely avoid.

1. Carbonated sugary drinks

Your cola, even the diet ones is acidic in nature and can erode your teeth. Sugar contained in your drink is also harmful for your teeth as it provides nutrients for the bacteria in your mouth.

carbonated sugary drinks

2. Sticky food

Sticky food in general is bad for your teeth. Biscuits, cookies, bread and chips are all crunchy and sticky in nature. They are also high in sugar. They stick to the teeth and provide a source of nutrients to the bacteria acting on your teeth.

If food is sticking to your teeth, rinse and if that doesn’t help brush your teeth.

Sticky food

3. Tea & Coffee

Tea and coffee if drunk in excess can cause staining. Also as it is acidic in nature, it can cause erosion of teeth.

Limit your intake of tea and coffee to maximum 2 cups a day and always rinse your mouth after drinking tea and coffee.

tea and coffee

4. Citric fruits and juice

Citric fruits and juices like lemon and oranges should be had but in limited amounts as the acidity in these fruits can harm your teeth. If you have mouth ulcers, they can be very irritating too.

Even pickles can cause harm due to it’s acidic nature.

citric fruits and juice

5. Hard food

Some of us like to bite on ice. It can damage your enamel and even fracture your teeth. Similarly eating bone like hard food should also be avoided.

hard food

5 Best Food for Healthy and Strong Teeth

Eat healthy to keep your teeth healthy. Below find 5 best food for healthy and strong teeth.

1. Cruchy fibrous food

Crunchy fibrous food

Carrots, apples and cucumber are rich in fibres. Fibres help in naturally ‘brushing’ your teeth. This helps in cleaning your teeth naturally. Try and include fibrous food which is also required in your diet.

Sugar-free chewing gums can also clean your teeth in a similar fashion.

2. Vitamin rich food.

Green leafy vegetables

Food containing calcium such as cheese, almonds and leafy vegetables and food high in phosphorous such as fish, meat and eggs can keep tooth enamel healthy and strong. This also helps in overall development of bone and muscles.

3. Cheese and Milk

cheese and milk

Cheese and milk are known to neutralize or balance out the acidity in your mouth mostly caused by carbohydrate rich (mainly sugar rich) diet. They are also a source of calcium in your diet to further fortify not just your teeth but also other bones in your body.

4. Water

Green leafy vegetables

Saliva is 95% water and hence regular intake of water disturbs the acid build up on your teeth and washes away any food sticking to your teeth which may form plaque.

5. Tea

tea

Green tea or even black tea doesn’t allow bacteria to to stick on teeth. Also it’s anti-oxidant properties have powerful anti-bacterial properties. Green tea is preferable but some people might find it to be too bitter. In such a case black tea is also recommended. 

Excessive tea drinking though may cause staining of teeth and should be avoided.

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How are dental instruments cleaned?

Have you ever wondered how are the dental instruments cleaned, before being used in your mouth? We, here at SmileSense Dental Clinic follow a very strict guideline for cleaning and sterilizing your dental instruments.

Below are the various methods of cleaning and sterilizing dental instruments used in the dental clinic:

  • As far as possible, use disposable equipment, like, needles, blades, syringes, saliva ejectors, gloves, face masks, head caps, water glasses and drapes.
  • The surface of the chair and all parts which cannot be covered by disposable covers should be disinfected by surface disinfectant, like, 2.5% Chlorhexidine gluconate in isopropyl alcohol.
  • The instruments used during the procedure in first scrubbed to remove any visible blood or tissues. It is then segregated for sterilization either by cold (chemical) or moist (Autoclave) method.
  • Autoclave is the ideal form of sterilization. All diagnostic instruments (mouth mirror, probe), surgical equipments, like elevators and forceps, hard pieces, scaler tips, burs and other hand instruments are pouched and sealed in sterilization pouches. These pouches have markers on them to show the completion of sterilization. They are then placed in the autoclave and sterilized. If unused from more than 1 month are again opened and sterilized.
  • Cold or chemical disinfection is done in cases where autoclave is not possible, mostly instruments or equipments having plastic parts. The chemical used is mostly 2.4% Glutaraldehyde. It is used to disinfect aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, plastics and elastomers and provides a wide spectrum efficacy against bacteria, mycobacteria, viruses and fungi. The solution can also achieve some sporicidal activity with longer exposure time.

At SmileSense Dental Clinic, all instruments used on you are sterilized with utmost care. You can never leave anything to chance.

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When Should You Visit a Dentist?

Most of us will visit a dentist , when tooth pain starts.

Dental pain is usually the last sign of dental problem. As many of us would have experienced, dental pain is one, which is most difficult to tolerate.

With advertisements on TV, telling you to use a certain brand of toothpaste to get relief from all sort of tooth pain, we dentist usually see a patient with condition of tooth so poor, only extraction (removal) of tooth is possible and there is no way to save the tooth.

No paste or medicine can treat a tooth pain permanently. They can give you temporary relief, which allows you certain time to schedule a visit to the dentist.

Usually the patients biggest reason to refuse to visit a dentist is because he/she thinks dental treatment will be will be painful, mostly the fear of injection. The fear coupled with lack of awareness, results in a patient reaching a dentist only when there is no more hope left to save the tooth.

Today with increased life expectancy, it is important to have a good set of teeth to give you a healthy and a good quality of life. It is all the more important to retain your original set of teeth.

So when should you go to your dentist?

You should go every year for a general check-up and just get a cleaning of your teeth and gums done, if required. It’s virtually painless. It also prevents bleeding from gums and any bad breath. If any further treatment is required your dentist can let you know then.

Remember, this just doesn’t apply for you but also for your kids. Anyone with teeth should go for yearly check-ups.

Certain signs to notice yourself:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks
  • Pain, of gum or tooth
  • Pus discharge
  • Bleeding from gums
  • Bad breath

If you have the above or any other problem of the tooth, visit your dentist immediately. If you are out of town, call your dentist and ask for guidance. Please don’t buy some medicine over the counter or refer to google. Believe me, we don’t mind helping our patients.

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Bad Breath – Can it be cured?

Bad breath can be cured!

There are multiple reasons for bad breath and most of them if not all can be treated successfully.

Here is a list of the most common reasons and their treatments:

  1. Plaque & calculus – Treatment is scaling or cleaning of teeth and gums.
  2. Cavity in the tooth – Filling or RCT of the tooth.
  3. Coated tongue – Cleaning the tongue using a tongue scrapper or brush.
  4. Smoking, alcohol or gutkha/paan consumption – Stopping the habit 🙂
  5. Ulcers in the mouth
  6. Dry mouth – Sip water regularly, chew sugar-free gums.

If all the above conditions are ruled out by your dentist you have problems of sinus, tonsillitis or other problems with stomach and intestines. For corrections of these issues you have to consult an ENT specialist or a gastro-enterologist.

Can you try something before you visit your dentist?

Definitely. Use a new soft brush, brush twice daily, use a tongue cleaner. You may also use a non-alcohol based chlorhexidine mouth-rinse (water based ones are less irritating, alcohol based ones may even cause burns) for a week. Follow the instructions given on the bottle. If the problem persists or becomes worse, it’s time to fix an appointment with your dentist.