The threats on your teeth
The mouth always contains lots of bacteria. Some of them play an important role, others can cause serious damage. Swedes are good at brushing their teeth every day. But it takes more than toothbrushing to bend the bacteria, as bacteria and food residue also accumulate between the teeth. When these bacteria remain and seed, the gum becomes irritated. The body’s defense then starts and the gum swells and bleeds easily.
In addition, if the bacteria remain, it also smells badly in the mouth. You do not often feel the smell because you are used to it, but the surroundings can sense it.
The saliva – your natural protection
Your saliva rinses your teeth clean and helps protect them from caries. Calcium, phosphate and bicarbonate are important substances in the saliva. The first two help to repair earlier injury. The bicarbonate helps reduce the acidity of the bacterial coating on the teeth.
In the saliva there are also so-called antimicrobial substances that help defend against the oral cavity bacteria.
The more saliva, the better. You can increase saliva production, for example, by chewing sugar-free chewing gum containing xylitol. If you often feel dry in your mouth and suspect that your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva, consult your dentist
Good oral hygiene reduces, inter alia, the risk of bad breath, hole in the teeth and dental loss.
The food and the teeth
Each time you stop something in your mouth, the bacteria help to form a corrosive acid. It is the acid that then attacks your teeth.
Almost anything you eat and drink forms acids, but the attack becomes more intense if what you stop in your mouth contains sugar. Try to avoid eating and drinking too much candy, soda, juice and other containing sugar.
About one hour after eating, the acid has disappeared. Then your saliva takes over to help your teeth. If you eat meals between meals, the acid attack continues all the time and your teeth are not given a chance to recover. Limit your eating to five or six times a day. If you get a light hole in your teeth you should not eat more than three times a day. Also, avoid going up at night and eating. For example, when you sleep, many of the body’s systems are at low risk, including saliva production. The mouth’s defense of acid attacks is therefore worse at night.
Candy is about as dangerous for your teeth as anything else you eat. One can say that it is okay to eat sweets sometime occasionally, as long as you do not eat so much at all. However, it may be good to avoid such candy as stuck in your teeth.
Keep in mind that even fruit contains a kind of sugar that glands the teeth. Therefore, eat fruit in conjunction with meals and rinse with water after fruit intake to neutralize the fruit acid.
Sugar-free products and low-calorie products available on the market, such as candy, soda, juice and pills, are usually less harmful to the teeth. In sugar-free products, the usual sugar is replaced with other sugars that are better for the teeth
. The low calorie products contain sweeteners that are harmless to the teeth. However, one can have different opinions about the sweetener themselves and whether to eat them to a great extent. As most of the time, maybe “best
” is best.