Tooth decay is a disease that damages and breaks down teeth. Bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars found in foods and drinks. The bacteria produce acids that attack the teeth. Each time these foods and drinks are consumed, acids attack the teeth for 20 minutes or longer.
When you have sugary foods or drinks many times a day, or sip on the same sugary drink for long periods of time, the acid attacks your tooth enamel again and again which causes a hole or cavity to form.
Mouth bacteria thrive on all kinds of sugar, not just chocolate and sweels — fizzy drinks, sports drinks, fruit juice, and even milk. As bacteria build up on the teeth, they form a sticky film called plaque.
The stickiness of plaque keeps the harmful acids against the teeth. That’s why snacking and constant sipping can put you at risk for tooth decay.
Yes you can reduce your risk of tooth decay by: