During winter, most of us crave *comfort foods* usually chocolate and sugar, and everyone knows – Sugar is bad for your teeth, it stimulates the growth of plaque – which can lead to cavities and periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the severe build-up of plaque that can affect your teeth by deteriorating the tooth or eroding the enamel – both of which can lead to a cavity. Once a cavity has been created, you will feel pain and how your dentist chooses to deal with your cavity will depend on the severity of the damage.
Your dentist may –
- Place a crown over the tooth, this is to prevent further damage to the tooth and nerve
- Place a tooth coloured filling over the cavity
- Remove the tooth entirely. This will ensure plaque doesn’t affect the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
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We ALL know sugar isn’t good for us, or for the wellbeing of our teeth, but we are all guilty of eating sugar and often *over-doing* it. So, here is a list of foods you can enjoy during winter those are still good for your teeth.
- Sugar-Free Chocolate- Yes, we are not joking, sugar-free chocolate can be bought from most chemists and supermarkets, you will often find it in the *health food* aisles. Sugar-free chocolate does taste similar to your regular chocolate, but it has a different consistency. Sugar-free is a win – win – for your teeth and your health. No sugar means less chance of harmful processed chemicals entering your body, and it means you are reducing your chances of plaque and cavities forming.
- Caramelised Spiced Pears – if you follow the recipe you’ll have a healthy sweet treat thanks to the sweetness found naturally in pears and the flavours of lemon, ginger and cinnamon that adds to the overall flavours. To caramelise the pears you can use butter or a sprinkling of brown sugar, to add a tartness or twang to your peers a pinch of salt will save your pears from ending up sickeningly sweet. Pears contain fructose which is a normally occurring sugar in fruit. This means you are having less processed sugar in your diet and you are also lowering your risk of cavities.
- Banana Soft Serve – to make this simple and very delicious snack you need a food processor and 2 bananas per serve. So, you end up with the consistency of soft-serve ice cream freeze your bananas overnight, in the morning peel them and pop them into your food processor. If you find it’s not sweet enough add a little honey or artificial sweetener. Banana soft serve is the perfect snack to follow a healthy meal, it won’t harm your teeth as it’s full of natural fructose sugar (and not a lot of it), you can feel good about having eaten something healthy.
- Sugar-free muffins- You can make your own sugar-free muffins just mix whole wheat flour, eggs and blueberries, naturally sweetened thanks to the berries. You can serve them warm and you can eat them as a snack after lunch, or as part of your breakfast in the morning. These sugar-free blueberry muffins contain no added sugar and kids will love them for breakfast – a healthier option than toast with Nutella or Peanut Butter.
Always remember that these types of food, although better for you, and your teeth, should be eaten in moderation and you should be aware that while the natural fructose sugars present in the fruits can still have an impact on your teeth – though not as bad as processed sugar.
In order to stay on top of your dental care, make sure you visit your dentist at least once or twice a year, it’s the only way to get on top of any issues or problems BEFORE they start. Your dentist will regularly clean your teeth – removing all that unwanted plaque which can build up on your teeth causing cavities and other complications further on.