Sugar Acids:
#1 Cause of Cavities

Dental cavities affect almost 90% of school kids and 100% of adults across the globe.
Source: World Health Organisation (WHO)

UNDERSTAND HOW
CAVITIES ARE FORMED

1
Step 1

Each time you consume food and drink, your teeth is at risk from sugar acid attack.
The germs in your teeth turn the sugar into acids.

Step 2
2

Sugar acids create an unhealthy pH level that softens the hard enamel surface on your teeth in a process called demineralization, which can cause cavities.

3
Step 3

Although fluoride helps to prevent cavity formation by reducing demineralization, it does not neutralize the sugar acids in plaque.

UNDERSTAND HOW <br>CAVITIES ARE FORMED
1

Each time you consume food and drink, your teeth is at risk from sugar acid attack.
The germs in your teeth turn the sugar into acids.

2

Sugar acids create an unhealthy pH level that softens the hard enamel surface on your teeth in a process called demineralization, which can cause cavities.

3

Although fluoride helps to prevent cavity formation by reducing demineralization, it does not neutralize the sugar acids in plaque.

DID YOU KNOW THAT EVEN VEGETABLES AND FRUITS LEAD TO SUGAR ACIDS?

Sweet foods are not the only foods that generate sugar acids which cause cavities.

Sugar Food Pyramid

PENTAGON OF SUGARY FOODS PENTAGON
OF SUGARY FOODS

  • Pasta and sweets
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Dairy products
  • Fats
  • Oleáceos and seeds
  • Low-sugar fruits
  • Proteins
  • Vegetables

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What is Plaque?

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Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease. Everyone develops plaque because bacteria are constantly forming in our mouths. These bacteria use ingredients found in our diet and saliva to grow. Plaque causes cavities when the acids from plaque attack teeth after eating.

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Importance of Childhood Oral Hygiene & the Role of Parents

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Therefore it is essential to establish a proper oral hygiene routine early in life to help ensure the development of strong and healthy teeth. Parents, as consistent role models, are key for setting a daily routine and to making their children understand the importance of oral hygiene.

What are Cavities?

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Dental Caries (Cavities)

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Dental caries is the medical term for tooth decay or cavities. It is caused by acid erosion of tooth enamel. The damage can occur anywhere the tooth is exposed to plaque and acid, including the hard outer enamel on the tooth crown or the unprotected root of the tooth that has been exposed by gum recession.

How Do I Care for My Infant's Teeth?

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