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Protect Your Teeth From Cavities

By Hannah Anderson

The poor state of the country’s dental health can be seen in the popular TV commercial of the child who goes to her dad to show him that she has a cavity. By the age of 21, the child, though he may regularly visit the dentist, will wind up having several cavities.

It is not unusual for a person to have cavities. There are so many reasons for why it happens. Susceptibility to cavities, especially within families, is difficult to explain. Your grandfather’s excellent dental records do not ensure that yours will be good also. Maybe his hometown provided fluoridated water. He rarely ate sweets. Maybe he washed his mouth with salt water and brushed with tooth powder to keep his teeth clean.

Your options are plenty even if you can’t do anything about your heredity. You can push the local government to fluoridate the drinking water. The studies reveal that children’s intake of fluoridated water decreases their number of cavities by half. Actually, fluoridation is a safe and economical procedure which also seems to help hold the calcium in the bones of older people, thus retarding the onset of osteoporosis which makes the aged so susceptible to fractures.

Foods with lots of sugar should as much as possible be avoided. Keep away from sugar in sticky forms. Plaque found on the teeth and in crevices between them are the starting point for cavities to form. Plaque is responsible for the presence of bacteria that corrodes teeth. Table sugar forms the food of the bacteria.

Research shows that those who eat sugar between meals are more prone to developing cavities. Pacifiers with sweet syrup are being given to babies in Britain. If you don’t believe this, you should hear about a particular case in the medical world that might get you convinced.

Families sometimes acquire a disease known as hereditary fructose intolerance. After eating fructose, these people start to feel very sick. Early in life, such victims learn to avoid sucrose or any food containing it. Because of this, they only have a few cavities even if they consume food containing lots of carbohydrates.

It is quite clear that cavities occur because of sugar consumption and not starch consumption. You should bear in mind that your mouth, especially your teeth and gums, are essential to your nutritional state. Your teeth will form better and you will have better dental health if you take the necessary vitamins and minerals. Harder foods can provide gum stimulation and cleaner teeth.

It is quite clear now the importance of why you need to brush your teeth and visit the dentist every so often. You could be looking at unnecessary pains and losses.

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