Cavities and tooth decay are common health problems. They are especially common in children, teenagers and adults. But anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including infants (a very young child).
If cavities aren’t treated, they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth. They can lead to severe toothache, infection and even tooth loss. Regular (Frequent; happening often) dental visits and good brushing and flossing habits are your best protection against cavities and tooth decay.
Tooth decay is the result of an infection with certain types of bacteria that use sugars in food to make acids. Over time, these acids can make a cavity in the tooth.
When a tooth is exposed to (comes in contact with) acid frequently — for example, if you eat or drink often, especially foods or drinks containing (that have inside) sugar and starches — the repeated cycles of acid attacks cause the enamel to continue to lose minerals.
Tooth decay can be stopped or reversed (changed to better) at this point. Enamel can repair itself by using minerals from saliva, and fluoride from toothpaste or other sources. But if the tooth decay process continues, more minerals are lost. Over time, the enamel is weakened and destroyed, forming a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling.
A study was done on 62 children with cavities and they were divided into three different diet groups.
Group 1 ate a standard diet + oatmeal (rich in phytic acid).
Group 2 consumed their normal diet and supplemented with vitamin D (to supplement means to add something to another one in order to increase it to a certain level).
Group 3 ate a grain-free diet and took vitamin D.
The results found that group 1 who had a diet high in grains and phytic acid had an increase in cavities. Group 2 had improvements in cavities and less form. Group 3 who consumed a grain-free diet rich in vegetables, fruits, meat, milk and took vitamin D saw the greatest improvements in which nearly all cavities healed.
Also Dr. Weston A Price, a dentist, traveled and studied isolated (far away; remote) populations around the world and their native diets. Dr. Price discovered that many of these native people had perfect teeth structure and little tooth decay. Their teeth were white and healthy. When these people started a western diet, they get tooth decay and other health problems as people in western countries.0 This entry was posted in Reading stage 1 by Parviz with ۲ comments