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Tooth Decay - Health News
Tooth decay (holes in teeth) is a preventable disease. Children with tooth decay may find it difficult to eat, sleep, learn and play.
Tooth decay begins when bacteria in plaque (the smooth sticky coating on our teeth) feed on sugar from foods we are eating, producing an acid. This acid dissolves the hard, outer surface of our teeth called enamel. Saliva helps to protect our teeth by neutralising the acid, but this can take up to an hour after eating.
If these “acid attacks” occur regularly throughout the day, saliva may not have the chance to protect and heal teeth so, overtime, tooth decay (a hole) may appear.
Preventing tooth decay
The good news is, we can protect our teeth by:
Drinking tap water or plain milk instead of sugary drinks
Eating 3 healthy meals a day and only tooth-friendly snacks between meals. Examples of great snacks are vegetables, fruit, cheese, plain yoghurt, and wholegrain breads and cereals.
Brushing teeth twice a day with a regular strength fluoride toothpaste. Spit out excess toothpaste but, don’t rinse with water after brushing. This lets some fluoride from the toothpaste remain on the teeth, helping to strengthen them.