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By 21, An American Will Have A Lot Of Cavities

By Fred Green

Perhaps one of the testimonials to the sad state of our dental health is that very familiar TV commercial where a child rushes to his or her father, interrupting whatever professional occupation he is engaged in, to shout, daddy, daddy, guess what, I only had one cavity. Even at the rate of one cavity every six months, assuming the child visits the dentist on the recommended schedule, this child’s happy boast actually means that by the age of 21, most of his or her teeth will have had a cavity.

Cavities are found in almost everyone’s teeth. Among the causes for this are low fluoride content in the water and poor dental hygiene. Just like heart disease, dental diseases can be found within families without an explanation for it. Ignoring your personal dental health will not give you the same good teeth as your grandfather. Perhaps the place where he lived had a fluoridate water supply. He hardly ate anything sweet between meals. Salt water and tooth powder were probably his tools in keeping his teeth clean.

Since there isn’t anything you can do about your heredity, let’s see what you can do. You can push the local government to fluoridate the drinking water. Studies show that they will have only half as many cavities as children who don’t get fluoridated water. Fluoridating water will benefit older people because it keeps the calcium of bones intact, preventing the onset of osteoporosis.

You and your children should also cut down on sugar, particularly sugar loaded foods between or just after meals. Sugar in sticky forms should be avoided as much as possible. Dental caries start with plaques of protein and carbohydrate material that sticks to the surface of the teeth and in crevices between them. Plaque carries acid producing bacteria that corrode teeth. The bacteria love to feed on dextran, a substance made from table sugar.

Sugar eaten during a meal is not as bad as eating sugar between meals. Pacifiers with sweet syrup are being given to babies in Britain. If you still aren’t convinced, you should know about a medical curiosity that makes the same point.

Certain families suffer from a disease called hereditary fructose intolerance. After eating fructose, these people start to feel very sick. This is why foods containing sucrose are avoided. So even if they consume a lot of carbohydrates, they don’t suffer from cavities as much.

It is quite clear that cavities occur because of sugar consumption and not starch consumption. You should be aware that the mouth is particularly important for your nutritional welfare. Your teeth will form better and you will have better dental health if you take the necessary vitamins and minerals. The stimulation of your gums is one of the benefits of eating harder foods.

It is obvious then that it is necessary for you to always brush your teeth after meals and visit the dentist. Otherwise, you could be looking at a bleak dental future.

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