Tooth Decay:

Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay:
Tooth decay happens when bacteria and sugar interact on your tooth surface over a period of time. Most of these bacteria are naturally present in your mouth, however sugar is not. Without sugar, tooth decay cannot occur.
To minimise your risk of tooth decay, you should:
- Reduce the amount of sugar you consume in a day
- Reduce the number of times you consume sugary food and drink during the day
- Regularly brush your teeth to clear away any sugar and food debris that may be present in your mouth
Foodstuffs with high sugar contents:
- Sweets and chocolate
- Fizzy Drinks
- Sugar added to tea and coffee
- Processed foods and sauces e.g. ketchup, mayonnaise, baked beans

Related Topics:
- Gum disease (periodontal disease):
- Calculus:
- Tooth (dental) erosion:

Dental plaque: