Food items like hard boiled sweets and dried fruits tantalise taste buds, but they may attack your teeth for worse.
Femalefirst.co.uk shares a list of some of the culprits:
* Dried fruit: They are sticky and high in sugar. That means they not only stick to teeth easily, but the sugar feeds the bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to dental erosion. It’s best if you don’t overeat dried fruits.
* Fizzy drinks: Sugary and fizzy drinks are especially bad for teeth when you choose to sip for long periods of time. Your teeth get exposed to acid present in the drinks. Finish the drink as quickly as possible rather than sipping it through the meal or while watching TV.
* Hard boiled sweets: These sweets not only stick to the teeth, but also stay in the mouth for a long time as the sweets take time to get dissolved.
* Coffee and tea: They are said to stain the teeth and also make them stickier, especially if you add sugar to your cup of tea or coffee. This means that more food bits can stick to the teeth. (Bollywood Country)
E-cigarettes and tobacco heating products cause significantly less staining to teeth than conventional cigarettes, a new study has found.
While cigarette smoke caused significant enamel discolouration, vapour from the e-cigarettes and aerosol from the tobacco heating products caused only minimal staining.
These next generation products do not involve combustion; the vapour and aerosol they produce are less complex and contain significantly lower levels of certain toxicants compared to cigarette smoke.
“Many studies have postulated that it is the tar in cigarette smoke that stains teeth,” said Annette Dalrymple, senior scientist at British American Tobacco in the UK.
“The study clearly shows that the e-cigarettes and tobacco heating products assessed caused minimal discolouration — very promising for consumers. However, further studies are required to understand the long-term effect on teeth staining and oral health when smokers switch to using next generation products,” Dalrymple added.
For the study, published in the journal American Journal of Dentistry, the team assessed and compared an e-cigarette, a tobacco heating product and a conventional cigarette for their impact on teeth enamel staining.
They assessed in the laboratory the level of enamel discoloration by cigarette smoke and vapour from e-cigarettes and tobacco heating products.
Tests were carried out on enamel blocks cut from bovine incisors — substitute for human teeth in dental research.
The enamel blocks were exposed to the particulate matter (isolated from the smoke/vapour) for 14 days and then whole smoke/vapour for five days.
The enamel samples were assessed before, during and after treatment and colour readings were determined using an established method involving spectrophotometer and trained scientists.