Health & Medical Dental & Oral

Drink Water For A Dazzling Smile!

Most people assume that simply by brushing their teeth every day and avoiding too many sugary sweets, they are protecting their bright smiles.
However, many people are unaware that they also need to watch what they drink in order to minimize the impact on their teeth.
Even with daily brushing and flossing, tooth decay can set in when teeth are exposed to too much sugar.
Sugar can be found in damaging quantities in soft drinks which can be especially harmful to teeth, particularly in children and young adults who often consume this type of drink.
The reason soft drinks are so harmful is that the bacteria which can be found on our gums and teeth thrive on sugar.
These bacteria can metabolize sugar very quickly, usually within 20 minutes, producing an acid in the process.
This acid sticks to the teeth and is more commonly known as plaque, which must be brushed away.
As the amount of sugar consumed at any one time increases, the acid also becomes stronger.
Over time, Exposing teeth to this acid results in a weakening of the tooth enamel, which leads to tooth decay and cavities.
A worrying rise in tooth decay rates has been observed in America where the number of cans of soft drink consumed annually per person has risen six hundred percent since the end of the second world war to nearly 600 cans per person per year.
This trend is also being followed in the UK where sugary drinks consumption is rising.
For those who are trying to cut down on their sugar intake, the number of names given to sugar in soft drinks can be confusing, making it harder to avoid.
Usually though, sugar can appear on the ingredients list as sucrose, glucose, fructose, dextrose or corn syrup.
Fructose is the type of sugar which is contained in fruit.
It is less damaging than refined sugar, however whilst preferring fruit smoothies over fizzy drinks will be kinder to your waistline, they will not necessarily be kinder to your teeth.
Office workers are particularly vulnerable to developing oral and other health problems.
A sedentary working pattern, coupled with the availability of sweets, fizzy drinks and vending machines in many workplaces can cause tooth decay in people who may consider that they have adequate oral hygiene.
Couple this with the large amounts of coffee consumed by office workers and the occasional glass of red wine at 'business lunches' and stubborn tooth stains can be added to the list of complaints caused by other damaging beverages.
Sitting at work with a sugary drink on your desk can also be particularly harmful, as this way people will tend to sip the sugary drink slowly.
Slow sipping gives the bacteria in your mouth a sugar boost every so often, worsening the effects of the acid they produce on your teeth.
One way to combat this at work is to switch making trips to the vending machine for the water cooler instead.
Drinking more water during the day reduces staining and also reduces the impact of the occasional sweet drink on our gums and teeth.
There are also plenty of sugar free squashes which can be added to the water to vary the flavour without damaging your teeth.
A water cooler is a valuable addition to any office environment as it will not only cut down on the number of days staff spend at the dentist, but staying hydrated also brings a raft of other benefits including improved concentration and fewer headaches.


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