New Delhi: Irrespective of brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental check-ups if you still face dental problems, then there are things you need to know. Scientists have demystified the common dental myths and outline how diet and nutrition affects oral health in children, teenagers, expectant mothers, adults and elders.
2. More sugar means more tooth decay It isn`t the amount of sugar you eat; it is the amount of time that the sugar has contact with the teeth. "Foods such as slowly-dissolving candies and soda are in the mouth for longer periods of time. This increases the amount of time teeth are exposed to the acids formed by oral bacteria from the sugars," said Palmer. 3. Losing baby teeth to tooth decay is okay Palmer has noted that tooth decay in baby teeth can result in damage to the developing crowns of the permanent teeth developing below them. If baby teeth are lost prematurely, the permanent teeth may erupt mal-positioned and require orthodontics later on.
4. Osteoporosis only affects the spine and hips Osteoporosis may also lead to tooth loss. Teeth are held in the jaw by the face bone, which can also be affected by osteoporosis. "So, the jaw can also suffer the consequences of a diet lacking essential nutrients such as calcium and vitamins D and K," said Palmer. 5. Dentures improve a person`s diet If dentures don`t fit well, older adults are apt to eat foods that are easy to chew and low in nutritional quality, such as cakes or pastries. "First, denture wearers should make sure that dentures are fitted properly. In the meantime, if they are having difficulty chewing or have mouth discomfort, they can still eat nutritious foods by having cooked vegetables instead of raw, canned fruits instead of raw, and ground beef instead of steak. Also, they should drink plenty of fluids or chew sugar-free gum to prevent dry mouth," said Palmer. 6. Dental decay is only a young person`s problem In adults and elders, receding gums can result in root decay (decay along the roots of teeth). Commonly used drugs such as antidepressants, diuretics, antihistamines and sedatives increase the risk of tooth decay by reducing saliva production. ANI
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