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Takeaway food can stain and damage teeth


According to a top Harley Street dentist there are many ingredients in takeaway dishes that can damage our teeth as well as putting our general health at risk if consumed in large amounts. Not only will things like Indian and Chinese takeaways affect our weight and general health if eaten too regularly, they can also lead to dental staining and tooth decay.

Dr Sameer Patel, of Harley Street’s Elleven practice, said that the dark colorants in curry and dishes containing soy sauce can stain the surface of the tooth and opting for lighter coloured food is advisable. Dr Patel says that ‘anything that would stain a white t-shirt’ is going to cause discolouration of the tooth enamel.

Italian food, such as takeaway pizza’s and pasta, can cause acid erosion due to the refined carbs that contain simple sugars; these things cause a surge of acid in the mouth which can damage the enamel irreparably over time. British staple dish fish & chips has also come under fire because of the amount of starch in the potatoes and the battered fish. Dr Sameer said that ‘sugar can come in many different forms and the batter on the fish and associated sauces, such as ketchup, are culprits for having a high sugar content.’

Diet fads could be damaging to teeth


Juice cleanses and trendy diets could cause serious damage to dental health, according to a top dentist. Dr Sameer Patel, Clinical Director at a London dental practice has warned against following diet fads too closely and detailed the worst offenders for dental damage.

The juice cleanse, favoured by celebrities, is a diet that involves swapping meals for smoothies and juices; these products have a high acid content, which will wear away the enamel and lead to sensitivity in the teeth, as well as decay. Dr Patel spoke to the Daily Mail, saying ‘Fruit’s natural sugar, fructose, is a common cause of cavities as the bacteria in the mouth feed on it, so be careful when you do consume juice as part of a balanced diet.’ He advises drinking juice through a straw and waiting at least thirty minutes before brushing your teeth afterwards.

Another common problem with new diets, such as low-carb diet plans, is ketosis; this is a condition that is caused by the breakdown of fat in the body and results in bad breath. Dr Patel explains ‘Ketosis is brought on entirely by your diet and unfortunately no amount of flossing and brushing will combat the smell so think twice before cutting out carbs completely and stick to healthy ones… these will keep bad breath away whilst staying trim.’

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