Dental decay is the result of an accumulation of cariogenic bacteria and sugars on the teeth. These bacteria transform sugars into acids, which demineralise the teeth’s enamel, leading to cavities and tooth decay. The more sugar we eat, the more we facilitate the reproduction of acid producing bacteria. This is when the vicious circle begins: the more sugar we eat, the more bacteria multiply. As the number of bacteria increases more acids are produced in correlation to higher amounts of sugar intake.
The consumption of excess candy, soft drinks and junk foods (foods containing high amounts of sugars and fats) can result in repeated tooth decay and sometimes even lead to the loss of the whole tooth! Furthermore, the consumption of these products in excess can further lead to harmful effects on one’s general health (obesity, diabetes, oxidative metabolism, osteoporosis?, etc.)