The fact is that many people, young and old, will develope tooth decay because of the bacteria in plaque. Other factors, such as excessive intake of sugary and acidic foods, also contribute to tooth decay.
Younger people can develope tooth erosion as a result of consuming large amounts of carbonated beverages. Acidic food or drink can dissolve a tooth’s surface, or enamel.
People who consume carbonated beverages frequently , or have GERD (gastroesophogeal reflux disease), would benefit from Xylitol, a substance that tastes like sugar and destroys the specific bacteria that causes tooth decay. Xylitol can be found in certain gums and mints. Patients are encouraged to chew these gums or mints up to six times a day, such as ThereGum, a sweetened gum with 100% Xylitol. The gum can be purchased online.