A typical and congested day of teens includes shuffling through classes, sports, plays and part time jobs which always keep them on their toes. In trying to keep-up with their fast paced jam-packed schedule, teens are becoming more dependent on quick snacks like carbonated drinks and nutrition bars. These quick snacks keep them alert but they are causing irreversible damage to their oral health.
Jane Soxman, DDS, is of the view ‘Premature loss of tooth enamel and weakening of overall tooth structure are two devastating oral effects of teens’ poor diet that cannot be reversed later in life.”
What are adverse effects of carbonated drinks on teens’ oral health?
Adolescence is a time period for optimal bone growth, so more nutrients are needed to strengthen teeth and bones. But these nutrients and calories begin to counteract when teens’ tend to consume carbonated drinks and the following damages begin to occur to their oral health:
- Carbonated drinks are a major reason of increasing cavities among teens.
- Acids in sodas and energy drinks break down tooth enamel, especially around sealants and previously done restorations thus leading to tooth decay or tooth loss.
- Phosphoric, citric, tartaric and carbonic acids in various carbonated drinks limit the calcium absorption capacity in the bone structure of the oral cavity. This lack of calcium intake can lead to periodontal bone loss.
How does snacking affect your teeth?
To-go bars and non-nutritious snacks are affecting teens’ teeth and over the time, they can take a toll on their teeth.
- When sugar in the nutrition bars or snacks comes into contact with the bacteria in the mouth, it attacks teeth and eventually results in tooth decay.
- Added sugars in foods may lead to tooth decay. Read the food labels and choose the foods with low added sugars.
- Non-nutritious snacks or foods make it difficult for tissues in mouth to resist infection and this may lead to periodontal disease.
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Are your Teeth Sensitive? What makes them sensitive?
When the activities like brushing, flossing and eating or drinking something hot or frozen triggers sharp and temporary pain in your tooth or teeth , it is known as tooth sensitivity .The problem of tooth sensitivity arises, when your gums recede back thus exposing the surface beneath called dentin. Dentin has thousands of tiny tubes which lead to fluid filled nerves. Due to exposed dentin, these nerves get easily stimulated and trigger temporary pain in your tooth or teeth, when you eat or drink something hot or cold, touch your teeth or expose them to cold air.
Why do you experience this tooth malady?
You can experience tooth sensitivity because of the following reasons:
- Wear and tear of your tooth enamel due to brushing too hard or brushing your teeth with a hard bristled tooth brush.
- Eating too much of acidic foods can erode your tooth enamel and expose the dentin, thus leading to tooth sensitivity.
- Gum diseases or gingivitis result in inflamed and sore gums and also in receded gums thus exposing the roots of gums.
- Using too much mouthwash to keep your breath fresh or minty may lead to sore mouth and may turn your teeth sensitive.
- Grinding or clinching your teeth may wear down your tooth enamel and expose the dentin.
- If your teeth are broken or chipped, they get filled with bacteria. These bacteria enter the pulp causing pain and inflammation.
- Using too much of tooth whitening products and toothpastes with bleaching solutions can lead to teeth sensitivity.
- Your age can also be a determinant factor. Tooth sensitivity is maximum at the age of 25 and 30.
- Frequent tooth cleaning, root planning, crown replacement and tooth restorations to keep your smile pearly white can lead to tooth sensitivity.
- The building-up of plaque at the root surfaces can lead to tooth sensitivity.
- If your fillings get weakened or fractured and bacteria accumulate in theses cracked fillings, this leads to acid – formulation and enamel breakdown.
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