Most of you are aware that ‘sugar is bad for their teeth’.
However, the process of tooth decay is still a mystery to some of you.
Basically, whenever sugar is taken in any form, acids are produced in the mouth by bacteria living in your dental plaque on the surface of your teeth. It only takes a very small amount of sugar to trigger this action. Within minutes of sugar intake, your mouth produces acid which will start to break down the enamel surface of your tooth.
Luckily, your mouth has its own in-built defence mechanism and after about 20 minutes, if no further sugar is taken, the acid begins to neutralise and your tooth surface will be restored to normal by the buffering effect of your saliva.
Your teeth can withstand three or four of these ‘acid attacks’ each day without too much damage being done. Problems only arise when sugar containing foods or drinks are taken more often than four times a day!
Your mouth is unable to restore the natural balance between attacks and tooth decay is the result.
Basic Prevention Actions
- Restrict sugar containing foods and drinks to meal times
- Brush teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste (this makes your tooth enamel more resistant to tooth decay).
Make 2016 the year you make these simple changes and keep your smile looking bright and healthy!
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