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What Has Food Got To Do With Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world.The bacteria in our mouths produce acids when they break down carbohydrates. In the presence of these acids, some of the calcium within the enamel dissolves and is lost from the tooth surface.This process is very common in children because their enamel (The white visible section of the teeth) is softer than that in adults.But what has food got to do with tooth decay?From good nutrition during pregnancy to breastfeeding in infancy, a balanced diet throughout childhood and adulthood is as good for the teeth as it is for general health.

CAUSES OF TOOTH DECAY

1) SUGAR:The longer a sugary food stays on your teeth, the more the bacteria feed and make acids. Sticky sweets and sugary foods, such as raisins, sugar-coated cereal, cake, cookies, caramel, and taffy, cause the most damage.

2) BETWEEN MEAL SNACKS

3) FAILURE TO BRUSH THE TEETH TWICE DAILY: It is recommended that we brush our teeth in the morning and at bed times.

4) LACK OF FLUORIDE IN PUBLIC WATER.

SOME FOOD THAT PREVENT TOOTH DECAY

1) MILK:

Cows' milk contains the sugar lactose - the least cariogenic (decay-causing) sugar. Milk on its own doesn't promote caries and this has been attributed to the presence of protective factors: calcium, phosphate, and the milk protein casein.

2) CHEESE: The fat in cheese reduces the amount of bacteria on the surface of the teeth. So a small lump of cheese eaten after a meal or a sugary/acidic drink will help protect tooth enamel.

3) TEA: Tea contains polyphenols, which suppress the growth of bacteria in teeth.

The food listed above are not exhaustive.They some of a lot that complement our natural defense (Saliva) against tooth decay.Saliva is one of the mouth's natural defenses against this process and protects against dental caries in several ways.

As you take most of these food and avoid sugary foods, you will be well protected against tooth decay (Dental Caries).

 

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