Health & Safety

September 13, 2013

Holidays full of sugary culprits of tooth decay

With the holiday season approaching, people often add more sweets to their diets. When eating sugary foods, like candy, most people will eat several pieces continuously throughout the day, not knowing that this can actually hurt their teeth.

When a person eats, the germs in the mouth produce an acid that can break down the enamel on teeth. Saliva neutralizes the acid to keep teeth from decay, but it takes about 20 minutes for it to work. Tooth decay happens when plaque, in combination with candy or other carbohydrates, are left on or between the teeth. The acids break down the outer layer called enamel and then the dentin, the layer underneath. This can cause pain in teeth, the loss of teeth and sometimes even infections in the mouth. The more frequently a person eats and snacks, the longer it takes the acids to neutralize in the mouth.

The way to avoid tooth decay and still enjoy holiday sweets is by brushing and flossing daily, rinsing the mouth with water after eating snacks, and limiting the number of times treats are eaten. Brushing and flossing daily removes plaque and bacteria that can lead to cavities. This minimizes the chances of developing tooth decay. Rinsing with water helps saliva neutralize acids a little quicker, and limiting snacking helps prevent cavities. Remember, the more frequently you eat, the more often acid and sugary candies will break down on the teeth.

These steps are important in helping keep oral health up to par for the upcoming fall season and all the seasons to follow. The better people are at taking care of their teeth now, the less they and their families will spend coming in for dental work.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer

CES inspects base infrastructure

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Steven Stein, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical subject matter expert, points out a damaged water heater Oct. 24 to Senior Airman Sandham Challis, 56th CES structural subject matter exp...
 
 
coutesty-photo-2

Airman smoke free for two years

There’s a killer on the loose — tobacco. It entices many each day. More than 3,200 people smoke their first cigarette under the age of 18 each day, and about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers, according to B...
 
 

Street Beat

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 20 through 27: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving violations. Traffic-related responses Security forces responded to two vehicle accidents. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses Oct. 24: Security forces responded to a report of an Army private absent without leave wishing to surrender...
 

 
ebola4

Ebola education minimizes fear

Courtesy graphic Halloween time is upon us, and while this is the time of year we all love a good scare, one thing not to fear is Ebola. Ebola has been in the news on a daily basis, and with the emergence of a few cases in the ...
 
 
121011-F-JB669-001

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Expert discusses domestic violence

Courtesy graphic October became National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1981. The observance serves to educate communities, individuals, couples and families about the family advocacy program services and other community ...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

New honorary commanders inducted

Senior Airman Grace Lee Honorary commanders chat with Luke Air Force Base leaders Oct. 17 during social hour in Hangar 431 at Luke Air Force Base prior to their official induction ceremony. The honorary commander program partne...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin