Our bodies need nutritious foods to keep them healthy. The dietary choices we make each day affect all of our body systems and organs, including our teeth and gums. When we consume too many products with sugar, we are increasing the risk of tooth decay. While tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease, it is preventable.
What exactly is tooth decay? It is damage to the tooth’s enamel. The bacteria in your mouth make acids that attack the surface of your teeth. Sugary foods and drinks lead to the formation of plaque, or colonies of harmful bacteria. In turn, plaque causes cavities and damages the enamel, which leads to fillings and in severe cases – extractions.