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names of tooth problems caused by eating sweets (candy)


names of tooth problems caused by eating sweets (candy)
Hi colleagues! a pupil of mine asked me what the effects of eating many sweets or much candy on our teeth are. I found two answers: it causes cavity or simply it damages the teeth.
Are there any other useful expressions or synonyms for cavity that I can use to answer my pupil īs question? please help me. thanks a lot.

12 Apr 2011      


tooth decay

12 Apr 2011     


Eating too many sweets can cause tooth decay. Tooth decay, if not treated, leads to cavities/rotting teeth.

12 Apr 2011     


Plaque comes before decay and cavities.

Plaque is the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. It makes teeth "feel fuzzy" to the tongue and is most noticeable when teeth are not brushed.Plaque develops when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, soft drinks, raisins, cakes, or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.Plaque can also develop on the tooth roots under the gum and cause breakdown of the bone supporting the tooth.


12 Apr 2011     


Thank you so much. your answers are so useful. Thumbs Up

12 Apr 2011