Tooth decay is one of the major causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay occurs when dental plaque, a sticky acidic film builds on the teeth and breaks the surface of the teeth. There are many causes of tooth decay.
The main cause of tooth decay is diet. Eating foods that are rich in carbohydrates and sugar, such as chocolates, cookies, sweets, and fizzy drinks increase your risk of tooth decay. The bacteria that is present in plaque convert the carbohydrate present in the food into energy they need. At the same time, they produce acid that erodes the surface of the teeth.
Consuming alcohol and tobacco can also increase your risk of tooth decay. Alcohol results in erosion of tooth enamel and smoking affects the production of saliva, thereby making it difficult to keep the teeth and tongue clean.
Poor oral hygiene also results in tooth decay. To keep your teeth strong and healthy and to prevent common dental problems like tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, and other problems, you must brush your teeth twice daily with a good fluoride based toothpaste.
People who suffer from dry mouth are also at an increased risk of getting tooth decay because saliva helps keep the surface of the teeth clean and neutralises the acid effect in the mouth.
Eat healthy, follow good oral hygiene, and visit your dentist regularly to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
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