5 ways to eat like a dentist
We asked dentist Euan Swan, director of dental programs at the Canadian Dental Association in Ottawa, what dietary strategies dentists used to have perfect teeth.
Sweets and desserts
It is a truth of La Palice that sugar contributes to the decay of teeth. What is ignored is that the frequency and duration of exposure of teeth to sugar can make all the difference.
“I eat desserts, chocolate cake and all these good things in moderation, but after the meal I never fail to rinse my mouth with water or chew a piece of sugarless gum,” says the doctor Swan; He recognizes that it is not possible for everyone to brush his or her teeth after each meal and every snack. “When you have sugar in the mouth, the bacteria digest these sugars and produce acids. It is the duration of this attack of the teeth by such acids which contributes to produce dental caries. ”
If you like candy, reduce the damage to your teeth by consuming it quickly, rather than stretching it for a whole day, says Dr. Swan. “In general, sucking a candy is not a drama, but putting on a second, then a third and so on for a long time could cause harm to your teeth. ”
Dentists avoid consuming sugary and acid drinks that slowly but surely damage the teeth enamel. The main culprit: sodas. A can of 330 ml contains the equivalent of 10 c. (About 50 ml) Of sugar. According to Dietitians of Canada, a significant portion of soda in a fast food establishment contains about one-third cup (85 mL) of sugar. Canadians love to drink sodas. Each year they drink about 110 liters each. Make a gift to your teeth: decrease your consumption. (And do not think you are safe from the danger by choosing diet sodas: they are devoid of sugars but remain acid.)
Alcohol is also an acidic drink that contributes to the erosion of teeth. Certainly, this is not what will prevent a person from drinking a glass of wine at meals. However, Dr. Swan suggests taking measures to counteract the acidity of the wine. “If you are a wine lover, you should nibble a piece of cheese to help neutralize the acidity of your mouth, or drink a glass of water or chew gum. ”
Sticky food stays in the mouth for a long time. Caramels and viscous sweets are great culprits, but dehydrated fruits, although better for health, can also cause you problems. “Raisins are nutritious but not free of problems for your teeth, like buns and donuts,” says Dr. Swan. (People who wear orthodontic appliances should avoid eating sticky foods that can damage wire and metal fasteners.)
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, use floss once a day and regularly check with the dentist to reduce the risk of dental caries.
We have all heard of people bite into a hard food and leave a tooth fragment. You are more likely to experience this bad experience if you have large fillings in your mouth. Additionally, “if you crunch a hard food – nuts for example – you expose yourself to losing some of the tooth enamel that is on the side of the tooth,” says Dr. Swan.
Avoid eating very hard foods and do not eat ice cream. If by bad luck you break a tooth, go to the dentist as soon as possible.