Fighting Tooth Decay- Facts and Tips

Today, Sugar is one of the most affordable vices in our lives. It is damaging not only to dental health but also our overall health. Sugar is the primary culprit behind tooth decay, promoting a disease which is completely preventable but our craving for sugar makes us choose sugar over dental health.

, Fighting Tooth Decay- Facts and Tips

Lets check some important facts about Tooth Decay:

1. The primary cause of dental decay are the things we eat and drink. Savouries and sweets like chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks and fruit juices all generate plaque acids that gradually work on our teeth and erode away the enamel and dentine of the tooth.

2. If plaque is allowed to build up, acid will cause direct damage to the surface of your tooth. The acids start to erode the hard protective layer on the teeth called the dental enamel. Once the enamel is eroded the softer interior of the teeth made up of dentin. This can cause holes known as cavities, as well as gum disease, which eventually graduate into abscesses and tooth loss.

3. Added and hidden sugars are commonly found in processed food and fruit, and are a threat to our teeth. The more sugar you consume, the likelier the chances of obtaining dental decay.

4. In the early stages of dental decay there are no symptoms, but your dental team can spot cavities in the early stages when they examine or x-ray your teeth.

5. The biting surfaces of the teeth and the surfaces between the teeth are most likely to decay. This is because food and plaque can become stuck in these areas. Any part of the tooth can be at risk.

6. Having frequent sugary snacks and drinks can increase the risk of decay, because your teeth come under constant attack and do not have time to recover.

7. Nearly three in four (75%) of Indian adults have had a tooth removed.

8. An urban Indian visit a dentist on an average visits just a little more than 3 times a life time. Even though all dentist recommend that a person should visit a dentist twice every year or in other words once every 6 months.

9. National Oral Health Survey conducted in 2005 by Indian Dental Association discovered that 95% of the Indian population suffers from gum disease, only 50% use a toothbrush and just 2% of the population visit the dentist.

10. Dental caries or tooth decay is the most common disease in children. It is almost 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.

Dr Ankita Gada BDS, Dental Director at Sabka Dentist says “High sugar consumption is the biggest threat to our dental health, and dental decay is the final consequence. I recommend that everyone must follow a good oral hygiene routine, which consists of brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.”

This is important, and we also request parents to monitor how your children brush your teeth, to ensure they learn a good routine for life.

Five tips to beat tooth decay:

1. One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is by brushing your teeth thoroughly before bedtime and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.

2. Make sure that you clean all surfaces of your teeth. Using ‘interdental’ brushes, or dental floss or tape, also helps to remove plaque and food from between your teeth and where they meet the gums.

3. Visit your dental team regularly, and take your children, as often as your dentist recommends. Your dental team is better equipped to spot problems before they develop into something more serious. This makes treatment quicker, easier, less invasive and less costly.

4. Try replacing sugar-containing foods with healthy and nutritious alternatives that are lower in sugar or even better sugar free. Avoid snacking between meals, to limit the number of times your teeth are under attack from acids.

5. Always check ingredients. Generally anything within a product with ‘ose’ in the name is a sugar, for example: sucrose, maltose, fructose, glucose, lactose and dextrose. If any food or drink you pick up contain these ingredients, steer clear.

Dr Zita Antao BDS Dental Director at Sabka Dentist, says “Decay is the number one reason for childhood dental problems and regular high consumption of sugar by children a major cause of this. We must look into reducing childhood sugar intake. Much of this sugar is taken in the form of snacks and sugar containing drinks and fizzy drinks. Try and limit your children’s snacking to no more than two a day and replace unhealthy sugary snacks with healthier foods such as fruit and vegetables.”

While following a good dental hygiene routine is the most important prevention method from dental or tooth decay, it is also essential that we visit the dentist once every 6 months. A complete dental check-up every 6 months and a professional cleaning and scaling of teeth every 6 months helps to avoid build-up of plaque and tartar. This essentially prevents dental decay and hence other painful and expensive dental problems.

We also urge that everyone help Sabka Dentist in improving the overall dental health of the society by educating your friend and family about the importance preventive dental care and advise them to get dental check-up and professional dental cleaning scaling every 6 months.

We provide FREE Dental Checkups and provide Professional Dental Cleaning and Scaling for just Rs.100/-. To know more please visit

At Sabka Dentist, we provide all dental treatments under one roof including dental implants, Dental Braces or Orthodontics, Root Canal Treatments (RCT), Crowns and Bridges, Dentures, Extractions, Oral Surgery etc. Click to view all dental services provided at Sabka Dentist dental clinics and dental prices

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