Bacteria Causes Tooth DecayThe tooth enamel contains a lot of minerals that make it a very strong, hard material. Evidently, teeth are as hard as some types of rocks. If this is the case then why are teeth prone to decay? Without proper care at home and from your
Sugar and Acid Environment Feeds Bacteria
The reason for tooth decay is quite simple – bacteria. There are hundreds of bacteria inside our mouth but one certain bacterium known as streptococcus mutans (s. mutans) is the chief culprit responsible for tooth decay. What ruins teeth is not sugar per se but this bacteria that sticks to the buildup of plaque in the tooth. The s. mutans bacteria flourish in an acidic environment and feeds on sugar, producing more acid whenever sugar is consumed. This is the reason our dentists and hygienist strongly suggest limiting the intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
Even Organe Juice can Harm Teeth
Acid levels are measured on a pH scale that ranges from 0 to 7, with a pH of 7 being neutral. Pure water is a neutral substance. Lemon juice has a pH value of 2 while orange juice and soda has a pH value of 3, even more acidic than acid rain in fact. Knowing this, it’s not a shock why consuming these drinks can harm the teeth by creating the perfect environment for bacteria that causes tooth-decay.
Rinse Away the Acid that Erodes Your Teeth
Even weak acids can erode some of the toughest substances on the planet. Certainly, all types of acid can erode tooth enamel. That’s why it’s important to rinse your mouth and brush your teeth after consuming anything that has a high acidic content.
Without doing these dental practices regularly, the concentration of acids in your mouth will increase and wear down the tooth’s outer layer. You may still eat sugary and acidic foods and beverages from time to time. Just remember to not let them linger in your mouth for too long to reduce exposure to the teeth and prevent tooth decay.