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Do you love to eat sweets? Sugar can lead to tooth decay.

Why does sugar damage your teeth?

Sugar is a carbohydrate that is found naturally in foods such as bread, pasta, fruit, milk and yogurt. But too much sugar can make your teeth sensitive and cause them to become more prone to decay.

Tooth decay is caused when bacteria (bacteria) on your teeth begin to digest the sugars in food. The bacteria then release acids which destroy the enamel on your teeth.

You can help protect your teeth against tooth decay by eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Eat foods that are low in sugar, such as apples, pears, celery and carrots.

What types of tooth decay are caused by sugar?

The most common type of tooth decay is called ‘cavitation’. This happens when the outer layer of a tooth has been eaten away by acid. Cavitation makes it easier for plaque bacteria to attach to your teeth.

Another form of tooth decay is known as ‘hypersensitivity’. If you have hypersensitive teeth, you may notice that when you eat hot or cold foods, you feel pain.

Sensitivity can be caused by high levels of fluoride in your toothpaste. Toothpaste that contains a lot of fluoride can make your teeth more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.

How can I avoid tooth decay?

Beware of foods with high sugar content. Some of the foods with high sugar content are:

  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Jelly
  • Sweets
  • Sweetened soft drinks
  • Soft drinks with added sugar
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit juice

If you have sensitive teeth, rinse your mouth after eating with a special mouthwash containing fluoride. Mouthwashes with fluoride can help reduce tooth sensitivity. You may also want to try using a toothbrush that has a brush head made from bamboo.

To find out if you have hypersensitivity, speak to your dentist. They can help you find out whether you’re sensitive to certain foods or drinks.

How can I improve my teeth and prevent tooth decay?

It’s important to remember that it’s not just the amount of sugar that matters. It’s how you eat it. Here are a few tips for improving your diet and helping prevent tooth decay:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • A healthy diet will provide you with vitamins, minerals and fibre that will keep your teeth healthy.
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water
  • Drink plenty of water each day to help prevent tooth decay and to keep your teeth clean.
  • Avoid foods with added sugar

Try to avoid foods with added sugar. Foods that are low in sugar are:

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Porridge
  • Cheese
  • Tea
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Herbs and spices

Have a meal that includes some fresh fruit and vegetables

Your body needs vitamins and minerals to keep your teeth healthy. A well-balanced diet will help you avoid problems like tooth decay.

Use a straw

A straw can help you limit the amount of liquid you drink. If you have a straw in the house, you’ll be less likely to drink sugary drinks.

  • Take care of your teeth
  • Teeth need to be cleaned regularly. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
  • Brush your teeth for two minutes.
  • Floss.
  • Brush gently and thoroughly.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash after brushing.