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Diwali 2023: Dental health dos and don'ts to follow during the festive season

Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST
  • Diwali festivities are here, and the intake of sugary treats can threaten your dental health. Here are dos and don'ts to follow during festive season.
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"We are all geared up for the festive season. But having a healthy mouth during the festive season is one such need that people tend to ignore. Many of us tend to overindulge in sugary foods and sugary beverages during festivals. This can lead to a series of problems such as tooth decay, bad breath, or food trapped between the teeth," says Dr Surbhi Bhatia L, Chief Dentist, CEO of Lifeberries Health. Dr Surbhi shares some dental health tips for festive season to protect your teeth from decay and damage. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

"We are all geared up for the festive season. But having a healthy mouth during the festive season is one such need that people tend to ignore. Many of us tend to overindulge in sugary foods and sugary beverages during festivals. This can lead to a series of problems such as tooth decay, bad breath, or food trapped between the teeth," says Dr Surbhi Bhatia L, Chief Dentist, CEO of Lifeberries Health. Dr Surbhi shares some dental health tips for festive season to protect your teeth from decay and damage. (Shutterstock)

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Rinse your mouth, right after you eat. This will remove residual food particles that can build up on your teeth which could contribute to dental problems. (Instagram) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Rinse your mouth, right after you eat. This will remove residual food particles that can build up on your teeth which could contribute to dental problems. (Instagram)

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No Indian festivity is complete without sweets, but we have been told since childhood that sweets are bad. This is because sweets contain a high level of acid, which is just as bad as sugar and can lead to tooth decay if left behind in the mouth. The presence of sugary foods for longer duration encourages harmful bacteria to grow in your mouth and these bacteria produce acid which can eat away at your teeth. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep foods like sugared gum in your mouth for as short time as possible. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

No Indian festivity is complete without sweets, but we have been told since childhood that sweets are bad. This is because sweets contain a high level of acid, which is just as bad as sugar and can lead to tooth decay if left behind in the mouth. The presence of sugary foods for longer duration encourages harmful bacteria to grow in your mouth and these bacteria produce acid which can eat away at your teeth. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep foods like sugared gum in your mouth for as short time as possible. (Shutterstock)

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Chewing gum can also be helpful in cleaning your teeth. Try chewing sugar-free gum, as it is a good way to reduce the stickiness of food in your mouth. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Chewing gum can also be helpful in cleaning your teeth. Try chewing sugar-free gum, as it is a good way to reduce the stickiness of food in your mouth. (Shutterstock)

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Limit sugar intake from fruit juices and other beverages and if you can drink through a straw, it can reduce the effect on your teeth. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Limit sugar intake from fruit juices and other beverages and if you can drink through a straw, it can reduce the effect on your teeth. (Unsplash)

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For those who use dentures, it is important to ensure cleaning the false teeth and rinse the mouth properly.  (Facebook/@jenningssheriff) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

For those who use dentures, it is important to ensure cleaning the false teeth and rinse the mouth properly.  (Facebook/@jenningssheriff)

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Do not use your teeth to tear off gift wrapping or to tear the price tag off your new clothes. This may damage or chip your teeth (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Do not use your teeth to tear off gift wrapping or to tear the price tag off your new clothes. This may damage or chip your teeth (Freepik)

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If you are staying away from home for the festivities, make sure you can brush and floss with your travel toothbrush, mini toothpaste, and dental floss. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

If you are staying away from home for the festivities, make sure you can brush and floss with your travel toothbrush, mini toothpaste, and dental floss. (Shutterstock)

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