Sugar and Tooth
Tooth decay–which is one of the most common non-infectious diseases that the world is facing today. Due to increase intake of sugar rich food and drinks in our diet. Sugars in food and drinks play a major role in the development of dental caries. The effects of sugar on teeth may not be noticeable right away, but too much can lead to tooth decay if you don’t cut it down.
Our mouth is full of hundreds of bacteria, some are harmful and many are beneficial to the oral ecosystem. So after you eat or drink sugary foods, bacteria in your mouth digest the foods you eat and specifically feed on the sugar. The bacteria creates acids that can slowly destroys tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.
Stopping sugary intake in your diet is absolutely unrealistic, so the best thing to do is to control the amount of sugar you and your family consumes. Consider some dietary adjustments by limiting in between meals, choosing healthy snacks like nuts and cheese, choose water instead of sodas or juice, avoid sticky foods like dried fruits and read labels of food products before buying to check the hidden sugars. Most importantly, good oral hygiene is the best good defense to tooth decay and scheduling regular dental checkups is another preventive way to avoid dental problems.
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