Dental Health and Diet – Can Good Nutrition Help Prevent Tooth Decay?

Before the introduction of modern dentistry, people suffered from tooth ache, which gave way to tooth decay and later on, tooth loss. Today, despite the advances in dentistry, children and adult are still afflicted with tooth decay. There are several factors that are attributed to it.

One factor is hygiene especially oral hygiene, which is sometimes neglected. Often people forget to brush their teeth regularly or before going to bed. At times, people have snacks at midnight and find it very laborious to brush their teeth once more.

Another reason is the lack of visit to the dentist. People are afraid of seeing a dentist either by the indifference they feel or the cost that comes with it.

To know more about this subject, it is wise to know the components of tooth and the process of tooth decay.

Our tooth is composed of Enamel, Dentin, Gum tissue and the Pulp chamber that have blood vessels and nerves in it. The bacteria in our mouth, which dwell mostly on food particles, convert sugar into acids. These acids attack the enamel rendering it permeable. When the soft part collapses, it forms into cavity, or caries. Over time, it develops into tooth decay upon reaching the central pulp.

The worst happens when the plaque-forming bacteria hardens and becomes tartar. This inflames the gum and makes the tooth loose.

Dental Health and Our Diet

Diet plays an important role in achieving and maintaining good set of teeth. A healthful lifestyle and good nutrition must be founded from pregnancy and continued on to the breastfeeding stage, and further on, to childhood and adulthood. Health experts have identified the culprits – the frequency and amount of sugar we intake and the chewy and sticky foods.

To maintain good teeth, the following foods are recommended:

Milk rich in calcium
Cheese (it stimulates saliva reduction, which neutralizes acids)
Raw vegetables

Aside from foods high in sugar content, drinking acidic beverages should also be minimized.

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