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chewing sugar-gum can help reduce the chances of decay starting

For those chewing-gum lovers out there, here’s an interesting piece of good news. Chewing sugar-free gum can actually play an important role in improving your oral health. Surprisingly, sugar-free gum can contribute toward reduction in plaque formation in addition to having a positive impact on a person’s oral hygiene as well as dental care.  Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum can play an important role in remineralizing the tooth surface while preventing dental caries?

Typically, saliva is secreted at a constant rate at around 500ml per day. However, this saliva can be stimulated. If you chew a sugar free gum, the salivary flow rate can be increased by a factor of ten. Apart from clearing your mouth from plaque-forming carbohydrates, this saliva has increased amounts of remineralizing ions as well as bicarbonate for buffering the harmful acids developed from plaque. Using sugar free gum after eating foods can be very helpful in promoting enamel lesions’ remineralization along with reducing the development of caries by around forty percent. Furthermore, this stimulated saliva actually has an increased remineralizing effect on the demineralised enamel.

 

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Bulimia is a health problem that can make you have an uncontrollable binge on food. People who suffer from this eating disorder usually go through a phase of regretting on the foods they’ve overeaten which involves ways like vomiting or overusing laxatives to keep from putting on additional weight. The sufferers may even start over-exercising to get rid of the extra pounds while eating more and more at the same time.
Statistics shows that the percentage of women suffering from bulimia is more than that for men. Parents are mostly concerned about teens that normally develop this condition as a result of emotional stresses or other triggers.
Not only is the condition highly dangerous for your well-being, it is equally devastating for your oral health. So, is it really possible for the dentist to detect if you’ve bulimia? The answer is yes.
Signs a dentist typically looks for…

• Inflammation in the jawline or cheeks
• Front teeth having a clear appearance at their edges or teeth appearing worn from stomach acid
• Dryness or soreness in the tongue
• Bruised mouth’s roof
• Sore throat
• Unusual or impacted tooth enamel

 

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Diet And Oral Health

by on May 3, 2012 | Posted in diet, General dentistry

sugar is bad for teethA number of lifestyle factors as well as an unhealthy diet can be damaging for your oral health. Here are some of the factors that can lead to a poor oral health:

Smoking:

We all know that smoking is a bad habit that is responsible for causing various health conditions. Smoking pipes, cigarettes and cigars can cause gum infections, tooth decay, as well as oral cancer. 

Sugar consumption:

Eating foods or drinking beverages that have a high sugar content can cause infections in the gums, cavities and might even lead to tooth decay. Due to sugar consumption, bacteria easily attack the gums and teeth, leading to formation of plaque on your teeth. If this plaque isn’t removed, it will harden to form tartar that can only be scraped off your teeth by an experienced dentist. 

Alcohol Consumption:

Drinking alcohol adds to dental health issues as it can lead to a dry mouth, which allows germs to attack your gums and teeth. This causes various dental health conditions. 

Medication:

There are some medications, like certain antibiotics that can cause teeth staining. 

Gain or Loss in Weight:

Gain or loss in your weight can negatively affect the way your dentures fit in your mouth. To maintain a proper dental health, it is extremely important to keep your weight in check. A diet rich in high-fibre fruits and veggies can combat tooth decay as well as maintain a healthy weight.

 

 

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