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DENTAL DIET

Everything that we eat and drink has a great impact on our oral health. Nutrition undoubtedly plays a very important role in maintaining oral and dental health. The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled drinks, sodas, candies, cookies, cakes, snacks, etc. you could be at a greater risk for tooth decay. Most importantly, it is not about consuming fewer amounts of sugar but consuming sugar less often. Hence, preventive measures are better than the painful and smelly oral health problems.

Hence, make a wise choice; think before you eat.

While choosing your meals and snacks keep these few tips in mind:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Green tea and black tea. (They contain polyphenols that prevent teeth from the development of plaque bacteria)
  • 5 major food groups that are very beneficial for your oral health are:
    • whole grains
    • fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
    • lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes
    • low-fat and fat-free dairy foods like cheese, milk, plain yogurt

Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods consumed as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating many snacks throughout the day.

Food to avoid:

  • Sticky candies and sweets: If you eat sweets, go for those that clear out of your mouth quickly. Lollipops, caramels, and cough drops that contain refined sugar must be avoided.
  • Starchy foods: They can be stuck in your mouth and decay. Soft bread and potato chips, for instance, can be trapped between your teeth. This in return leads to bad breath problems.
  • Carbonated soft drinks: Besides being loaded with sugar, most soft drinks contain phosphoric and citric acids that wear away tooth enamel.
  • Substances that dry out your mouth: Alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, etc cause mouth dryness. If medicines are the cause, consider talking to your healthcare provider about getting a fluoride rinse or a fluoride gel for brushing your teeth.

MOUTH MYTHS AND TRUTHS

Often in our society, there are many religion-backed-beliefs regarding oral health that many blindly follow them without their own research and perspective. Although modern dentistry has come a long way, there are still many dental myths that are passed on by word of mouth.

It is important to know what to believe and why.

  • MYTH 1: Hard toothbrushes are better than the soft ones.
  • FACT : Using a toothbrush with hard bristles may cause a great deal of unnecessary wear on your gum tissues. Using a soft toothbrush the right way is the better option.

  • MYTH 2: Putting an aspirin next to a tooth that has a toothache can help.
  • FACT : Aspirin placed on the gums next to the tooth can actually burn the gum tissue.

  • MYTH 3: brushing is bad for bleeding teeth.
  • FACTS : Gum bleeding happens due to the hidden debris of plaque along your gum line. The only way to get rid of these irritants is by brushing and flossing well.

  • MYTH 4: Diet soda is not harmful to teeth, as it has no sugar.
  • FACT : Diet sodas are very acidic and can erode the enamel of your teeth. This weakened enamel now puts the tooth at more risk for decay.

  • MYTH 5: Sugarless chewing gums are good substitutes of brushing or rinsing after meals.
  • FACT : Using a xylitol sugar-free gum after a meal is just as good as brushing.

  • MYTH 6: Do not opt for clinical cleaning often; it is bad for your teeth.
  • FACT : It is the exact opposite. If you do not go for clean-ups on time, you may end up having gum problems and other periodontal diseases.

  • MYTH 7: White teeth are healthy teeth
  • FACT : It doesn’t necessarily mean white teeth are healthy teeth, there could be a cavity in the tooth or a gum infection around white-looking teeth.

  • MYTH 8: Dental x-ray is harmful to our body and is unnecessary, especially during pregnancy.
  • FACT : The radiation exposure from an X-ray is low, and the benefit from it far outweighs the risks. X-rays even during pregnancy is generally considered safe. It is highly unlikely that a diagnostic X-ray during pregnancy will harm a developing baby.

CONFIDENCE STORY #1

  • “Fresh Meltz completely refreshed my career as an actor,” says Mr. Gautam Kumar (name changed on request)
  • An actor has a crazy work schedule as you all know. Our meals and sleep are often compromised due to lack of time and work pressure. So, when there is no time for a meal, there is a thin scope for us to give special attention to our oral health. I was no different. But realization hit me in the worst possible way.
  • I started losing acting offers. I was getting lesser shows than before. I knew it wasn’t my talent because people I worked with in the past loved my work. My directors and my producers were happy with how I presented myself on screen in different roles. Then what was the problem?
  • It was my mouth odour.
  • I felt horrified when one of my best friend and colleague told me about this. He told me that my female co-stars who were paired against me had started rejecting offers that had me in it.
  • My image on screen was that of a chocolate boy. How could I possibly romance with a bad breath? I tried to stick to my oral health routine of brushing as often as possible, using mouthwash, chewing gums. But sometimes nothing of these was practically possible when I used to shoot outdoor in tight schedules and extreme situations.
  • That’s when one of my friends recommended FRESH MELTZ to me.
  • I found them very light and easy to carry and convenient to use without anyone even knowing about it. I could just put a strip on my tongue before a shot and it would melt in my mouth even before the director announced action. It leaves behind a fresh and clean breath making me confident. My female co-stars now love working with me. My projects increased thanks to Fresh Meltz. I no longer run to washrooms to rinse my mouth with a mouthwash in between every shot or pop and spit chewing gums. Fresh Meltz to me is necessary to have in my pocket every day.
  • Thank you, Fresh Meltz.

CONFIDENCE STORY #2

  • “Fresh Meltz reloaded my lost confidence,” said Mr. Bhuwan Mohan (name changed on request)
  • It all began on the day when I was promoted as a senior business development manager after my 5 years of successful service in the company. The big position brought along big tasks and a big problem as well.
  • Being a Sr. BDM I started attending big meetings and conferences. While I was interacting with people, I realized that not many interacted well with me. I had begun to feel dejected. I learned it was because of my mouth odour. It shattered my confidence. I tried many tips and tricks to keep my mouth odour free but all were short-lived. It made me so conscious that I began to speak less, avoid meetings post lunch, reject summit invites, etc. I was losing out on a lot of business deals. My performance was hampered. Everyone in my office was surprised.
  • My boss one afternoon called me and said he wanted to see me in his cabin. I was scared. I thought I was going to lose my job.
  • To my surprise, he said nothing just offered me FRESH MELTZ and said that little pack was the solution to my problem. Initially, I could not understand anything. He asked me to use it the next time I walk into a meeting.
  • I did and I was shocked at what Fresh Meltz did to my mouth odour problem. It literary melted out my mouth odour leaving behind a fresh and clean breath with a confident me. That meeting and every meeting after that day went amazingly well. Fresh Meltz reloaded the confidence in me. It acted as my little good luck charm.
  • Thank You, Fresh Meltz.