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Do you know what is the worst junk food for your teeth? As you might have guessed, it is sugar. Moms and grandmas have been telling us for years that too much sugar is bad for our teeth. But how does this seemingly harmless substance do so much damage?

In as little as fifteen minutes after eating a sugary food, a sticky substance can be found on the teeth. It's called plaque. This sticky material turns acidic and attacks the "enamel," or outer layer of the teeth. Decay is the final result which eventually leads to sensitivity commonly referred to as 'sweet tooth'.

It is unfortunate that, in the United States, sugar is such a large part of our diet. In many countries where white sugar is not common, dental disease is almost never seen. The typical American diet, though, lacks many of the foods needed for proper nutrition. An increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and a decreased dependence upon 'sweets' will not only improve your dental health, but also can benefit your overall health. Proper nutrition is one of the best ways you can help your dentist help you keep your teeth healthy for a long time.

Dr. Oleg Vinson of Teeth Tamers Dental Care in Forest Hills NY, like most dentists, recommends dental check-ups every six months to allow for early diagnosis of the dental disease. This in turn will lead to faster and more comfortable dental visits for you and your loved ones.

Written by Oleg Vinson
Forest Hills, NY
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