POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:43pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 10:40am
Tyler , TX (KETK) — According to experts, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in your mouth that makes acid eat away at the tooth, and bacteria can cause life threatening and long-lasting problems. Fore more information on how it can effect you in the future click here . George Roberts from NET Health says "it's a problem not only in east Texas, it's a problem throughout the U.S..
Dr. Nathan Hughes says its happening in East Texas, and its our lifestyle that's causing the increase. Hughes says "whatever we're doing habit wise, has an effect on our overall health." It's the fast food, sodas, sports drinks, and even bottled water that's decaying teeth. Yes, it's possible that bottled water can cause tooth decay. Why? Because the lack of fluoride. "When we started fluoridating drinking water, tooth decay went way down in kids, and things went way down when started drinking bottled water," said Dr. Hughes.
However, there are simple day to day activities we can do to prevent tooth decay. Dr. Hughes says "80% of what we do at home" can help good dental care. Here's some tips to keep your teeth healthy and clean!
- brush your teeth 2 times a day
- floss everyday
- visit your dentist twice a year
- children need to start seeing a dentist at the age of 3
- make sure your tooth paste has fluoride in it
- drink tap water with fluoride, or try to find bottled water with fluoride in it