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Sugar Can Cause Tooth Decay

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Mahak Arya*

* Internee, Yamuna Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana – India


There is a close relationship between sugars and oral health. Sugar based candies chewed by the children prone to dental carries, tooth decay. Sugars and other fermentable carbohydrates, after being hydrolyzed by salivary amylase, provide substrate for the actions of oral bacteria, which in turn lower plaque and salivary pH. The resultant action is the beginning of tooth demineralization.


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