Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for about one hour. This is because the sugar will react with bacteria in plaque (sticky coating on your teeth) and produce harmful acids. So it is important to cut down on how often you have sugary foods, which will limit the amount of time your teeth are at risk.Acidic foods and drinks can be just as harmful to your teeth. The acid wears away the enamel, and will leave the dentine uncovered. This is called dental erosion and makes your teeth sensitive and less attractive.A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fresh fruits and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and cause bad breath.
The main point to remember is that it is not the amount of sugar you eat or drink, but how often you do it. Sweet foods are allowed, but it is important to keep them to mealtimes.To help reduce tooth decay, cut down on how often you have sugary foods .
Chewing gums containing xylitol may help reduce tooth decay.