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Tooth Loss Directly Linked to Nighttime Eating Activity

December 24, 2013


Late-night eating is not just a bad habit; it is an invitation for tooth loss. The main culprit is the lower flow of saliva during the night. Saliva is responsible for rinsing away food debris that cling to our teeth and neutralizing the enamel-destroying acids, which are formed by the bacteria in the mouth. With less saliva present, fungus and bacteria begin to develop in the mouth and initiate the decaying process. This concept is supported by the findings of Professor Damien Walmsley, a consultant with the British Dental Association.
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