After a long, hard week at work many of us opt to order our favourite takeaway as a treat (or to just avoid cooking!). It’s no secret that takeaways aren’t good for our health and are often very high in salt, however, have you thought about how your favourite takeaway is impacting your teeth?
You know that sweets and chocolate have a very high sugar content but the truth is, many of the most popular takeaways are also full of sugar that can lead to tooth decay. Pizza bases, pasta, pitta breads and more are all classed as refined carbohydrates; the simple sugars within these foods are quickly broken down and cause your mouth acid to spike. The more acidic your mouth, the more damage is being done as your mouth acid will be attacking your teeth. A white pizza base paired with acidic tomato puree is a breeding ground for enamel erosion if eaten regularly without a good oral health routine to follow.
It isn’t just Italian takeaways that you should be avoiding, though. Your favourite local Chinese, Indian or Thai curry house will use a large number of spices and sauces to flavour your food that have been proven to cause staining. Over time, these foods can cause staining only a dentist can remove. To prevent staining, try eating spinach or broccoli before your main as these vegetables create a protective film on your teeth.
The best prevention is to avoid these foods altogether, however, we know this is unrealistic. If you are going to treat yourself to an occasional takeaway, make sure that you thoroughly brush and floss your teeth before bed to prevent tooth decay and staining.
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