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It's no secret that Indians love their sweets. For most, a post-meal sweet is requisite, especially after dinner. And not surprisingly, the consumption hikes up during the festive season. In fact, the overall sugar consumption of Indians went up by 32% during Diwali week in 2022, as compared to the rest of the year.
In an exclusive interaction with TheHealthSite.com Satyavan Damle, Vice Chancellor And Director-General at Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, Haryana, India, shed light on how to easily keep the gums healthy at home, without any medication.
An Indian celebration without sweets doesn't exist. No matter the region or celebration, mithai is always the chief guest. From Holi to Diwali, every Indian celebration or festival has a staple sweet associated with it.
On Holi, gujiya and thandai are feasted on throughout the month and Diwali brings with it the evergreen kaju katli, with rasmalai and gulab jamun. And how can we forget the delectable modaks during Ganesh Chaturthi, or juicy rasgullas enjoyed during Durga Puja?
Not surprising then that India is the world's highest consumer of sugar. And, with such a wide variety of mouthwatering bite-sized treats, we understand the mania.
Unfortunately, all this sweet talk also brings attention to India's lack of care towards oral health approximately 85% to 90% of adults and 60 to 80% of children suffer from dental cavities. One reason that can be attributed to this is the country's negligence towards nighttime brushing.
Another reason for poor oral health among Indians can be their reluctance to visit a dentist. In fact, it was found that over 50% of Indians prefer seeking advice from people other than dental professionals, for example, chemists.
Wanting healthy teeth doesn't mean having to cut down on sweets it just means taking extra care! One important habit is Brushing Teeth At Night. The following are the advantages of the same:
It removes plaque and bacteria that have accumulated through the day. Brushing at night is known to reduce chances of cavities by as much as 50%
Plaque and bacteria buildup can also lead to gum disease which is kept in check by brushing at night.
Some other tips to keep your mouth healthy:
India's love for sweets is undeniable, and it's an essential part of our culture. However, maintaining a good dental routine is crucial to keeping our teeth healthy! Adopt the simple habit of brushing at night and protect your teeth.