There have been several discussions about sugar’s impact on the nation’s health, but the dangers of sugar consumption are not new. Dentists have been warning about the implications of high sugar diets for many years.
Sugar is detrimental to oral health because it causes the bacteria in the mouth to release plaque acids, which erode tooth enamel. Once the enamel begins to weaken, the risk of tooth damage and infection rises. Enamel cannot be regenerated by our bodies, so here is a list of foods to avoid if you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong:
Cakes are an indulgent treat and they taste delicious. But if you’ve ever baked your own from scratch or read the nutritional information on the label of a shop bought treat, you’ll no doubt be aware just how much sugar has gone into that sponge, putting your tooth enamel at major risk.
Although crisps are a savoury treat, they can be just as harmful as sugary foods. Crisps contain starchy carbohydrates that eventually convert into sugar. They also tend to get stuck in the gaps between the teeth after crunching, increasing the chances of plaque forming in and around your teeth. Crisps can also be very sharp and cause mouth ulcers and damage to the gums.
Not only are chewy sweets full of sugar, they also get stuck in the pits and grooves of the tooth’s biting surface, inviting plaque formation.
Sports and energy drinks have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly among young people. Studies show that sports drinks are very harmful to the teeth as many contain more sugar than fizzy soft drinks. This not only increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, it also contributes to a heightened risk of other health complications, such as diabetes.
Wine is a popular stress reliever at the end of a hectic day, but unfortunately it’s not good news for our teeth. Wine contains acids that contribute to enamel wear and erosion, and it’s also one of the biggest tooth-staining beverages around. Studies have shown that both red and white wine contribute to the discolouration of tooth enamel.
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