Frequent Snacking can Increase Risk of Tooth Decay

In a latest survey conducted by Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences it was revealed that frequent snacking and carbonated drink consumption can increase oral health problems.

Vasudha Bhat
LatestWritten by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Dec 02, 2014
Frequent Snacking can Increase Risk of Tooth Decay

Frequent Snacking Causes Oral Health ProblemsBinge snacking and consuming carbonated drinks does not only lead to obesity but it can also wreck havoc on your teeth. The significantly high number of patients with oral health problems was revealed in a survey conducted by the Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS), which runs mobile dental clinics in northeast district under the National Health Mission.

According to the dentists, while tooth decay and gum problems are the most common which affect almost 54 and 62 percent of the people tested, oral precancerous lesions and cancer was also detected in some cases.

The Medical officer-in-charge of the mobile dental clinics, Dr Vikrant Mohanty said "tooth decay is most common in the age group of 15-35 years. We found most such patients indulged in frequent snacking.
Consumption of carbonated drinks was also common".

There are six mobile clinics run by MAIDS which offer treatments like extraction, filling and cleaning and spread awareness about oral health.

Dr Mohanty says that each time food is eaten acids are produced by the bacteria on the surface of the tooth. "Frequent snacking, particularly fast food items, that have sugar content, leads to loss of minerals from the tooth due to higher acid production".

The director-principal of MAIDS, Dr Mahesh Verma added  "the biggest problem we encounter in treating patients is that most of them visit the hospital when the disease is in advanced stages. People do not take their oral health seriously and approach doctors only when it is interfering with their daily life".

By making use of creative means like painting, MAIDS launched its annual `dental health utsav’ on Monday to spread awareness about oral health. The program was inaugurated by Union Health Minister JP Nadda, who also laid the foundation stone of Phase-II of MAIDS.

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