Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a disease which attacks your teeth. It may go unnoticed at first but soon leads to fillings and possible extractions.

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by sugar. Each time sugar enters the mouth it forms an acid which attacks the tooth surface. These acid attacks last for up to an hour.

How can I stop this happening?

The only way to reduce tooth decay is to reduce the number of acid attacks during the day. This can be achieved by restricting the intake of sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes only.
In between meals eat sugar free food and rink to avoid acid attacks.

Food containing sugar

Some things obviously contain sugar such as, sweets, jams, cakes, biscuits, tea or coffee with added sugar and canned drinks. However you may be surprised by some foods.
There is sugar contained in many of food we buy such as baked beans and processed peas. Foods which you may consider to be healthy such as canned fruit and yoghurt also contain sugar. Check the labels. If it says sucrose, glucose, dextrose or maltose- this means sugar!

Instead of sugary snacks and drinks see the section on safe snacks and drinks.