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3:20 PM 12th February 2024

The Worst Pancake Toppings For Your Teeth

Image by Bernadette Wurzinger from Pixabay
Image by Bernadette Wurzinger from Pixabay
With Pancake Day fast approaching, Dr Ferakh Hamid from Aesthetique Dental Care provides expert advice on the worst pancake toppings for your teeth and how to prevent potential dental issues.

Pancake Toppings

Being mindful of the toppings we choose on Pancake Day is crucial for maintaining optimal dental health. High sugar content in toppings like fruit jam, treacle, and caramel can contribute to tooth decay and cavities, emphasising the need for informed choices.

Maple syrup, Nutella, lemon and sugar may be popular choices, but their elevated sugar levels pose a significant risk to our teeth. Dark chocolate, for instance, has been shown to combat cavities, plaque, and tooth decay.

Being mindful of syrups and their potential to stain teeth is important. Opting for protein-packed nut butters instead of syrups can protect oral health. Honey and maple syrup, while natural sugars, can still soften tooth enamel.

Research has highlighted the impact of sugar on dental health such as tooth decay and cavities, especially with pancake toppings that exceed recommended daily limits.

Opting for toppings like vanilla ice cream, banana, strawberries and whipped cream minimise the risk of excessive sugar intake and help safeguard against potential dental issues.

Effects and Prevention

Excessive sugar in pancake toppings can erode tooth enamel, leading to cavities, yellow teeth, and bad breath. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is essential, and for those with aligners, brushing after consuming sugary treats is a must to prevent staining and plaque buildup.

Maintaining oral hygiene is essential to avoid the lingering effects of sugary toppings. In the absence of fluoride toothpaste, sugar-free gum can help mitigate acid attacks by stimulating saliva production, the mouth's natural defence against acid.