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Diet (how to ward off the evil decay spirits)

Would you like to never get another cavity?  It is possible.  In fact, if you follow just a few rules, you are almost guaranteed never to get another cavity.   Here's how it works.  Everybody has bugs (“bacteria” or “germs”) in their mouth that form into the thin film known as plaque.  Decay happens when certain of these bugs turn sugar into acid.  This acid causes demineralization of enamel and dentine resulting in decay.  Now the good guys are your saliva and fluoride. The saliva neutralises the acid produced by the bugs and starts the process of remineralization. Fluoride accelerates this repair process  (stick around, this will get more interesting). However, it takes 30 mins after having anything with sugar, for your teeth to stop demineralizing if you don’t brush your teeth.

So, your teeth are dissolving for half an hour after you have anything with sugar.  If you have three meals a day and nothing in between, your teeth dissolve for 1.5 hours a day.  They seem to cope OK with this.  Every snack between meals (and that includes fruit) adds an extra half hour to your dissolving time.  If you've got enough fingers count up how many meals or snacks or drinks with sugar you have a day.   Multiply by .5 (use toes as necessary) and you get how much of the day your teeth spend rotting.  If it's 8 hours or more, start putting a glass of water next to your bed, to get used to where your teeth will spend time in the future.

Before all you chocoholics reach for the razor blades there is a simple solution.  All you have to do is bundle up all your snacks and include them with the three major meals.  Hey Presto!  No more decay.  If you must gorge yourself between meals some things are OK.  Most dairy products and vegetables are fine to have as snacks.  You can drink water, milk, coffee/tea (with artificial sweeteners) and diet cordials.  Diet soft drinks are sort of OK but don't overdo it.  It sounds easy and it is.  The rest is up to you.



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