Diet and teeth:
Adequate intake of calcium,phosphorous,flouride and vitamins A,C and D are essential..Most of these are present in adequate amounts in the normal balanced diet..Only flourides tends to be deficient and needs to be supplemented..Teeth containing flouride can definitely more resistant to decay..
There is a definite relationship between caries and the intake of refined carbohydrates like flour,sugar and other carbohydrates which have been treated in order to make them whiter,less fibrous and tastier..Refined carbohydrates become sticky quickly and cling to the teeth for long periods..They are easily broken down to acids by the bacteria in the mouth.These acids are primarily responsible for tooth decay..The best would therefore be to stick to natural unprocessed foods like fats,cereals,meat,fish,eggs,vegetables,fruits and cheese..The sugar substitutes like saccharin also do not cause caries..
Frequent consumption of acidic foodstuffs like like habitual drinking of carbonated drinks and excessive cunsumption of some fruit juices is associated with erosions of the teeth..It is also suggested that one should end meals with fibrous foods such as carrots and other salads as fibrous foods might have a mild cleansing reaction as they remove food debris from the teeth..
Nutritional measures for dental caries control