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Stop Tooth Decay

Tooth decay has always existed and it’s been a problem ever since sugar plantations arose in the 1700’s.  It’s what causes those pesky cavities! But once you understand what precisely tooth decay is you can learn ways to prevent it.

Sugar, saliva, and bacteria all combine to wear down the enamel of your teeth. When you eat or drink substances high in sugar content, glycoproteins from these foods and beverages proceed to stick to your teeth. Then, the bacteria in your mouth joins these glycoproteins and uses them for energy. This strange metabolic process produces various acids, lactic acid in particular.  And lactic acid is one of your teeth’s worst enemies.  

The acid gradually dissolves the surface enamel of your teeth and cavities (holes) are the end product. This is pretty remarkable considering that enamel is rich and calcium and is the toughest tissue in your body. Your teeth are actually composed mostly of dentin however, a softer tissue, so once a tooth’s exterior is weathered down, you are very vulnerable to tooth decay. 

Now, just because you chewed on some hard candy today and didn’t brush your teeth, doesn’t mean you will be a victim of tooth decay and have to go to the dentist tomorrow for a cavity. Cavities can take years to form! So this is a great opportunity for you to reverse the process of tooth decay.

If you add fluoride and calcium (in moderation) to your diet, you can help mineralize your teeth again. Fluoride can be found in water and toothpaste. And of course brushing your teeth and flossing is essential, as you can prevent the buildup of plaque.

 

 

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