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The Real Reason You Have Tooth Decay By Surina Sehgal

In dental school, we were taught that the reason why we develop decay is: Sugar + Bacteria = Acid and then Acid + Tooth= Decay. Now, this is definitely true but doesn’t explain how bacteria and sugar can create decay when they combine. Isn’t it baffling how some people can eat a lot of sugar and survive a […]

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In dental school, we were taught that the reason why we develop decay is: Sugar + Bacteria = Acid and then Acid + Tooth= Decay. Now, this is definitely true but doesn’t explain how bacteria and sugar can create decay when they combine. Isn’t it baffling how some people can eat a lot of sugar and survive a lifetime with no decay whereas some eat little sugar and have a lot of cavities? The answer? Bacterial balance. Our mouth is in a permanent partnership with bacteria, which help to maintain our teeth and gums. We have always associated plaque as the bad guy, but in-fact plaque helps to maintain our teeth. The mouth has it really rough, it’s a hard place to live, with us chewing, talking and breathing. So to survive this harsh environment microbes build little houses- plaque biofilms, to protect themselves. When you eat, your salivary glands add enzymes to your saliva…

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