Festive season: Take care of your teeth

Diwali, the festival of lights, gifts, crackers, and sweets loaded with fun is back! We are all geared-up for extravaganza around the corner taking care of every little thing from gifts to clothes to decorations to sweets. But are we actually ready? Okay let’s revise, gifts – check, clothes – check, decorations – check and oral health – No!

Toothache? Here are the foods that wreck your pearly whites

You will think what’s with the oral health? What connection does it have with celebrations? Your oral health has nothing to do with festivals. But is that so? With festivals on board and having so much on our plate, we never think about our health especially the oral health. We eat anything and everything we like erratically giving the excuse of festivals.

Unfortunately, continuous snacking, eating and drinking sugary beverages can wreck your pearly whites. Sugary food and beverages cause demineralization of the outer layer of teeth, thereby leading to cavity formation and pain. If you feel pain or sensitivity after taking sweets or cold, you already have a cavity and need to see the dentist immediately. Similarly, the sweet beverage also case enamel erosion which causes hypersensitivity of the teeth.

Dr Jayna Gandhi - BDS, MDS – Paedodontics, Clove Dental
Dr Jayna Gandhi, Paedodontics, Clove Dental

Spare a thought for your dental health. Instead of making a beeline to dentist’s post festivals, it’s better to practice good oral hygiene while tucking into those yummy goodies.

Dr Gandhi lists out some useful tips for your pearly whites:

  • Rinse your mouth immediately after snacking and meals. It will not allow the food particles to stick to the teeth.
  • You can try chewing a sugar free gum. This will help to take down the sticky food.
  • Take sweets and desserts before the meal. This will reduce the risk of sweets staying stuck to your teeth which causes cavities.
  • Consume cheese after meal. This reduces the chances of developing tooth decay.
  • Festivals carry a high level of stress and this leads to grinding your teeth which causes wearing of teeth and also sometimes cracks.
  • Do not forget to carry your dental kit with you while planning a stay. If the plan was immediate, then make sure you drink a lot of water and gargle before going to bed.
  • Your teeth are not tools. Festivals demand gift wrapping. Make sure that you never tear tape or gift wrappers with your teeth. It may chip your teeth.