Getting to the Root of Tooth Decay

This week, I want to bring your attention to tooth decay in honour of World Cavity-Free Future Day. 14th October 2018 marks the third annual World Cavity-Free Future Day (WCFFD), an initiative launched in 2016 by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) to address the need for greater global awareness of dental caries.

Lets get down to the root of Tooth Decay…

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form.

 

The Facts

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. It is approximately ten times harder than bone. It is not meant to decay!

  • It is the most common health problem in Australia with 11 million new cavities developing each year.

  • Approximately 90% of Australian adults are affected by tooth decay.

  • 35% of children aged 5-6 have experienced tooth decay.

 

Reduce your risk:

  1. Stop consuming C.R.A.P (Carbonated beverages, Refined sugars, Artificial foods, Processed foods).

  2. Eat foods high in vitamins A, D, E and K.

  3. Eat crunchy, healthy foods that stimulate saliva such as celery and carrot sticks

  4. Brush twice daily for 2 minutes.

  5. Floss daily.

  6. Get 6 monthly dental check-ups and cleans.

  7. Keep your water intake high.

Lewis Ehrlich