Tooth decay happens when the enamel on your tooth is destroyed. Enamel is the outer layer of your teeth that you can see. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is always on your teeth. Sugar in the food you eat and drink and the bacteria produce acids that attack the enamel. Because the plaque is sticky, it keeps the acid on your enamel and causing it to break down. Then cavities start forming. Many diseases can cause tooth decay such as:
Diabetes - Those with diabetes tend to be a higher risk for developing oral infections, gum disease, and tooth decay. They also tend to have a dry mouth, lesions of the mouth, and a slower healing process.
Oral Cancer - Early detection of oral cancer can help improve your overall health. Your dentist and a dental exam is a foundation for better oral health. Be sure to see your dentist regularly because your dentist will see things that you can't.
Anemia - Anemia reduces the number of red blood cells in the body, and that impacts oral health. It can cause paleness of the gums as they fade from pink to a faded or whiter shade. The loss of color can also affect the tongue and mucous membranes in your mouth.
Eating Disorders - Anorexia and bulimia are serious. They both have severe consequences on your teeth and body. Your body isn't getting the proper nutrients to maintain good oral health. Also, someone who vomits regularly is bringing up acid and that acid breaks down the enamel on your teeth. It can cause bad breath, worn teeth, and swollen mouth, throat, and glands.
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