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The science of tooth decay

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The science of tooth decay

Lots of people love to drink a glass of juice or coffee in the morning. Do you know these substances can be harmful on your teeth?

The acids in these drinks eat away at the tooth's hard outer surface, or enamel. And this is how:

The shell of an egg is composed of the same mineral (Cacar) compounds as your teeth. Let’s see what can happen to your teeth over time with continual exposure to these common acids: coffee, pop, apple juice and water.

When a tooth is exposed to acid frequently, this acid can cause the enamel to continue to lose minerals. This is beginning of tooth decay. The eggs that have been exposed to acids have soft shells or the shell has completely decayed.

But tooth decay can be stopped or reversed. Enamel can repair itself by using minerals from saliva, and fluoride from toothpaste through a process called “remineralization”.

However, if the tooth decay process continues, the enamel is weakened and destroyed and a cavity is formed. And that cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling.

Want to avoid cavities and longer visits to the dentist?

Make sure you brush your teeth after eating or drinking. And include fluoride in your dental care to prevent and repair tooth decay.