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RST Health News - The condition of the teeth and mouth that dirty not only cause bad breath, but also can lead to tooth decay. Damage to teeth is usually caused by dental caries, which is an infectious disease which damages the structures of teeth. If left untreated, the disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, infection of the kidney, kidney disease, and even death.

Here are 5 factors that can lead to dental caries, among others:

1. sweet foods
Mouth is inhabited by bacteria eating sugar really like sweet foods. The sugar-eating bacteria will convert sugar and cause acidic conditions in the mouth that can erode tooth enamel.

Only in about 20 seconds after eating sweet foods, bacteria have changed the conditions of the mouth to acid that can last up to half an hour. So it is important to brush your teeth after eating sugary foods.

2. acidic foods
Acidic foods like citrus can contribute to tooth decay. Acidic foods dangerous because it can create favorable conditions for the bad bacteria in the mouth. Food acids can erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. Avoid eating foods that are too acidic or immediately neutralize the condition of the mouth after eating acidic foods.

Do not brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic foods, because the acid can soften the enamel and makes it more vulnerable when brushed. Instead, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash and wait until 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.

3. Brushing habits
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should start long before the oral hygiene teething. Bad breath, stains on the teeth, or cavities caused by poor oral care since the toddler.

Teach children to brush their teeth every 30 minutes after a meal or at least 2 times a day. Visit your dentist to obtain dental care advice is right for your child.

4. genetics
Genetics have an important influence on the development of any natural physiological human. Genes not only determine hair color and height of the body but is also responsible for the condition of the teeth.

Tooth enamel hardness was also influenced by genetic factors, so how hard to maintain healthy teeth, differ from person to person. Periodontal disease called gum disease, also have been linked to genetics. Gum disease can cause serious damage to the tissue and bone of the mouth resulting in severe infection and tooth loss.

Of course, genes are not the only factors that trigger gum disease. Unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking can also lead to inflammation of the gums and cause damage to cells and tissues.

5. age
A recent study conducted by scientists from the University of Illinois found that infant saliva contains a number of bacteria that can cause dental caries in toddlers. So that dental care should be introduced since the age of 19 months, but this study confirms that dental care should begin teething yet.

Adults also can develop dental caries due to several reasons, including developing gum disease that expose the teeth against bacteria. Risk factors that more common in adults is the lack of saliva, that contains acid neutralizing fluids and help clean up the leftovers.

Consumption of drugs such as lowering high blood pressure and medication for heart problems can reduce the flow of saliva. Brush your teeth regularly and limit your consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks because of the high amount of risk for dental caries. (Drg.Ayu, M.Kes/mfr)

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