There are many causes of tooth decay, but plaque is the number one culprit. Plaque, a sticky film that envelops your teeth, causes your tooth enamel to steadily erode, leading to tooth decay, gum disease, infections and tooth loss.
In order to prevent tooth decay, one must be ever vigilant in their efforts to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. Additionally, being aware of which foods facilitate the development of plaque is also helpful. Some of the biggest culprits that cause plaque are foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates. Soda, juices with a high sugar content, candy, and breads, pasta and cereals may all have added sugar that contributes to the development of plaque.
To better prevent tooth decay, try to practice good oral hygiene as well as maintain a healthy diet, so as to avoid many of the plaque-causing foods. Flouride, in toothpaste and also in drinking water, is an essential component that helps to prevent tooth decay. A fluoride rinse after brushing your teeth is also beneficial.
Chewing sugarless gum between meals also serves to help prevent tooth decay, as the increase in saliva production serves to neutralize the formation of plaque.
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