Preventing cavities using natural methods
While brushing and flossing are key to preventing cavities and gum disease, avoiding the sugars and wide variety of processed junk foods that make up the bulk of America's typical diet, is also a major factor in dental health.
Soda and sugar-filled juice increase cavities in children
Children are heavy consumers of soda, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A study (2) of about 3,200 Americans 9 to 29 years old conducted between 1971 and 1974 showed a direct connection between soft drinks and cavities.
But sugar is not the only ingredient in soft drinks which causes cavities. The acids in soda are also known to disolve tooth enamel in ways which can lead to cavities.
Unhealthy lifestyles responsible for poor dental health in adults
Smoking, infrequency of dental visits and lack of brushing and flossing are usually the main contributors to tooth loss and decay in adults. Studies (4) show that smoking causes tooth loss and decay by hindering blood flow to the gums.
We would all be well-advised to take a proactive approach to dental care and maintain regular brushing and flossing habits, as a preventative measure to tooth and gum disease. It's also obviously a good idea to quit smoking.
(1) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report March 29, 2002;51:258-260
(2) Washington Post February 27, 2001; Page HE10
(3) Pediatrics September, 2003;112(3):e184-e191
(4) Journal of Dental Research July 2004;83(7):562-6
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