Lamingtons are an Australian favourite – cubes of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut. Supposedly, in the late 19th century, the Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington, had some unexpected guests for tea. Cake supplies were low so his cook cut up a stale sponge, dipped the pieces in chocolate and then rolled them in desiccated coconut so each piece could be handled more elegantly. The lamington was born and has been enjoyed ever since in Australia.
Lamington Day is popular for fundraising through lamington sales – a great excuse to celebrate this Aussie treat – but in moderation. Like anything else full of sugar, you need to limit the quantity and clean your teeth carefully afterwards.
How does sugar affect your teeth?
Sugar sticks to your teeth and provides a handy buffet for bacteria unless thoroughly and promptly cleaned away. Any foods not brushed and flossed off will produce bacteria, but sugary treats stick to your teeth and gums very effectively. If you’re eating sweets or cakes regularly during the day, bacteria has plenty of time to get to work and damage your enamel and eventually create inflammation of your gums.
Why do your teeth hurt when you eat sweets?
Some people find that their teeth become sensitive and eating sweets can cause pain. This is because sugary treats and soft drinks feed the plaque bacteria in your mouth, producing acids. These acids attack and wear down your enamel which makes your teeth more sensitive. This is damaging your teeth and making them more vulnerable to cavities and making your gums more likely to get periodontal disease.
If your teeth are sensitive, whether to sweets, hot or cold foods or for any other reason, get them checked by your National Dental Care practitioner. You will also need to make sure your oral hygiene is right for your teeth – you may need a special toothpaste and a softer brush. You will certainly need to cut back on sweets and swap out soft drinks for water for better dental health.
Importance of brushing teeth
Brushing your teeth regularly is not just about having fresh breath – even if you can’t see food pieces on your teeth, food traces remain until they’re brushed and flossed away. If you’re not brushing your teeth regularly, you’re risking not only halitosis but dental problems.
It’s not about what you can and can’t eat, anything can cause dental issues if you’re not cleaning your teeth regularly and effectively.
For more information on the right way to clean your teeth, check online here or visit your National Dental Care practitioner – you can make an appointment online now.