In India, the Festival of LIGHT’s, so called “Diwali” is celebrated every year before the winters begin. The season is full of celebrations with family and friends, there is laughter, there are crackers and not to forget there are Sweets!! The brightly coloured wrapped boxes containing sweets are gifted .Chocolates have recently become a favourite gift, especially for children.Varieties of sweets are gifted on Diwali. Tradition of gifting sweets reaches its peak on the occasion of Diwali. Diwali is the time for savouring the sweet delicacies no doubt, but once the festivities are over, then comes the time where you might have to visit your Dentist, thinking why? Because sweets and teeth are foes if no proper care is taken.
What Actually Happens?
- The bacteria that naturally resides in your mouth finds its treat in the form of a Sweet that you just savoured, obviously you did not bother to wash or clean the mouth after eating so it got stuck to your teeth and formed plaque.
- The bacteria eventually turn the gung-ho plague into acid.
- This formed acid starts to eat away the enamel (The protective covering) on your teeth.
- Slowly the bacteria begins its work relentlessly eroding the enamel away and what forms is deep hole called Cavity!
- These bacteria slide down and reach the root of your teeth, and the Diwali celebrations of Bacteria begin there – they eat, drink and party and eventually cause Tooth decay and you are left with pain on eating sweets which can cause swelling and abscesses.
Why it happens ?
- Not Brushing regularly.
- Eating too much of sweets and sticky items, chocolates, fizzy drinks, food rich in carbohydrates.
- Not cleaning teeth properly especially between the teeth and the molars
- Smoking and drinking alcohol regularly
- Not drinking enough water to keep the mouth hydrated.
Do we need to avoid sweets?
We know it is not humanly possible to avoid the sweet indulgences especially when it the time of festivities, So here is what you need to do this Diwali to keep your smile healthy and sparkling white:
- Brush twice daily using proper brushing techniques and floss at least once a day
- Avoid having sweets before you go to bed as bacteria will cling to your teeth throughout the night and begin the process of decay.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly after every sweet or acidic drink to dilute the sugars.
- Rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after every meal to get rid of the food particles in the mouth.
- Eat a balanced diet and remember to include low fat calcium rich food
- Visit your dentist regularly once in 6 months.
Every time you have sweets, the bacteria start their work all over again and damage your teeth. Every acid attack of the bacteria lasts up to 20* minutes.It is obvious no one can resist the mouth-watering delicacies prepared on Diwali and so we suggest take sufficient precautions to prevent tooth damage while you enjoy the Sweets this Season!
Have a Happy and Safe Diwali !