Thorough and prompt oral hygiene prodedures after eating, may not only
HELP REDUCE but probably, will ELIMINATE the caries-producing activity of
a modern, Western type diet.

It is the presents of foodstuffs we eat in the mouth,not in the stomach,
that are unhealthy for your teeth and gum tissue.

From strictly a nutritional point of view, diet alone is not a factor in dental
decay production. The ingestion of fruits and milk for example, will not reduce
the incidence of caries in the absence of good oral hygiene. They too, can
contribute to the decaying process.

Though adequate nutition is essential for the continued health of every child
and adult, nutrition of itself is not a chief cause of tooth decay!

That been said, nutrition does play a very important role in other mouth
disorders and periodontal (GUM ) disease. Remember that it is the food debri
left behind in the oral cavity that contributes to the decay of the teeth.

Even childhood diseases nutritionally related, rarely effect the teeth. A
calcium deficiency in childhood for example, results in Rickets,(aweakening of
the bones ) but it seldom affects the calcification of he teeth.

Ignorance regarding oral hygiene and the lack of knowledge concerning proper
dental treatment, are the causes of poor or lost teeth. Not inadequate nutrition
at an early age of developement.

Having said that, I should mention that some childhood diseases that result in
high fevers may interfere or interupt with calcification of the developing teeth,
but these are rarely a factor in the production of decay in the teeth.

As I mentioned earlier, experience has shown that teeth of some people are
developmentally more disposed to the ravages of decay than those of others.
Some mouths are more susceptible to tooth decay because of the mouth
chemistry, type of saliva and oral hygiene habits.

There is NO doubt that teeth with FLUORIDE in their composition, are
considerably more resistant to the decaying process than teeth with less or
no fluoried at all.

Although this might come to you as a shocking statement, there are no such
things as ” SOFT TEETH”. In my view, all teeth develope with enamel and are
very hard in structure. I believe the expression of ” SOFT TEETH” was often
used erroneously referring to teeth demonstrating a high incidence of caries
usually because of factors such as poor oral hygiene, salivary flow and
chemical status of the oral cavity.

“Soft Teeth ” is the favorite expression of the incompetent dentist who uses
this as an excuse for his or poor work, which ultimately fails and has to be
redone.

Another fallacy that exists and needs some clarification is the relationship
of the fetus calcium requirements, and the oral health of pregnant women.

The developing embyo does not take calcium away from the expectant
mother’s teeth to satisfy its requirements. The expectant mother may lose
calcium from her bones but not from her teeth. In any case, the pregnant
mother’s complaints that her newborn is responsible for her having soft
teeth is totally unfounded and incorrect.

These false accusations are never heard from mothers who have good oral
hygiene and looked for and received competent dental care before, during
and after the termination of their pregnancy.

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