Interview with Prof. Jung Dental Clinic in Pfungstadt
Love apple, almonds, cotton candy and Co. attack your teeth. What can you do to survive the advent of teeth healthy?
“Anyone who exposes their teeth to increased sugar consumption once a year at Christmas should not forget to brush afterwards in order to free the teeth from dental plaque that has accumulated due to sugar. Sweets such as love apple, which have an increased fruit acid content, prefer to eat at the end of the Christmas market visit. This allows saliva to remineralize teeth better and the natural protective mechanism works successfully. Saliva has enough time to compensate for the acid attack in the food by releasing the necessary minerals back into the tooth enamel. "
Do I have to worry if my teeth hurt briefly after eating gingerbread and similar sweets?
“Usually the cause of teeth that are sensitive to pain is exposed tooth necks. However, they are not a fundamental problem, they are just uncomfortable. Affected people can use special creams when cleaning. If this does not improve, there is the option of having a protective varnish applied by the dentist that seals the teeth again. "
What to do when caramel candies become bomb-pullers?
“Generally, intact fillings don't just fall out. If they are not properly fixed, however, they represent a risk factor for dental health. Caries form quickly below the filling without the person affected noticing. In this case, Christmas market goers should be grateful to their caramel candy for uncovering the defect. If a filling falls out, it is important to replace it as soon as possible to prevent pain and tooth damage. Ceramic inlays offer particularly long-lasting help, because their good fit optimally protects the tooth. ”
Beer, wine, alcopops or schnapps - what is more harmful to tooth enamel?
“Alcohol itself does not harm the tooth enamel, rather components such as sugar and acid cause problems and attack the natural protective coat. Christmas market visitors can counteract this process, which experts call demineralization, by brushing their teeth twice a day. Wine, especially white wine, has a high acidity. Alkopops as well as sweet schnapps and some herbal liqueurs also have a high sugar content, which is an optimal breeding ground for bacteria. Beer, on the other hand, is an isotonic drink and doesn't harm your teeth. "
Bluish discolouration after enjoying mulled wine and punch: are there any SOS tips? What is the best way to prevent it?
“This bluish veil is mostly a surface discoloration that can be quickly removed with cleaning. As long as affected beverages like punch and mulled wine do not consume daily, this does not have a permanent effect on the tooth color. Anyone who suffers from severe discoloration should take advantage of professional tooth cleaning. "
What can I do if I have bad breath after eating mushrooms with garlic sauce, tarte flambé with onions, fish rolls & Co.?
“Chewing gums are best suited to counteract bad breath at short notice, but also coffee beans or the enjoyment of mint or parsley. At home, those affected should then brush their teeth and use mouthwash solutions. ”
Do you let yourself be dissuaded from feasting on the Christmas market by concerns about the teeth?
"No. Christmas market is only once a year and everyone should enjoy this time. However, I pay attention to good dental hygiene and brush my teeth twice a day. I also use dental floss and have professional teeth cleaning done twice a year. ”(Pm)