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sugar cause tooth decay? Not exactly . . .
was the ancient Greeks who first noticed that sweet foods
had a bad effect on teeth. One Greek book called Problems
asks Why do figs, which are soft and sweet, destroy
we know that the real problem isnt so much sugar, but
the streptococcus bacteria in our mouths that like to feed
on it. When they feed on the sweet treats lodged in your teeth,
they excrete acids that eat away at your tooth enamel.
it happens, the amount of sugar you eat doesnt matter
as much as the amount of time it is allowed to remain in contact
with the plaque on your teeth (thats where the bacteria
hang out.) So go ahead and eat that pound of caramelsjust
brush your teeth afterward.