Smile Sweetly Part 1

Smile Sweetly Part 1

Are you one of those people who dreads dental visits? Many people put off seeing the dentist, sometimes until pain finally forces them to have a cavity drilled and filled.

Cavities dig deep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25% of all youngsters between ages two and five show signs of tooth decay; for kids between 12 and 15, that number rises to 50%. It is the most common cause of tooth loss in children.

Sugar is famous for promoting tooth decay by feeding the bacteria that cause it. On the other hand, a natural sweetener called xylitol helps prevent the erosion of tooth enamel that leads to cavity formation.

Enamel Breakdown

Each tooth consists of three layers. Enamel, the outermost layer, is the hardest substance in the body but is quite brittle. Under that is dentine, a bony substance that is more elastic than enamel. The innermost layer is the pulp, soft tissue that contains blood and lymph vessels, along with nerves that allow the tooth to sense heat and cold.

Decay starts when a sticky substance called plaque gathers around the teeth and gums, especially in the grooves of the molars and premolars. Plaque contains bacteria that ferment sugar into acid; this acid leaches minerals out of the enamel. Eventually the enamel weakens to the point where the decay extends to the dentine, causing pain.

The best way to prevent cavities (also known as dental caries) is to remove plaque before it can start destroying enamel. Regular brushing and flossing is a must, as is a regular schedule of professional cleanings and checkups so any cavities that do form can be filled while they’re still small.

This article is courtesy of Energy Times magazine.

Please visit our website for more information on this and other great health topics. Remember this article is for information only. Do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive health care provider. We always pray for your prosperity and health, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna.

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