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Other factors besides food affect dental health
Updated: 3/19/2009 5:00:07 PM

Other factors besides food affect dental health Certain foods combined with routine dental care can affect the health of of one's mouth, according to a new study.

Research, published in Obesity Reviews, examined scientific evidence from the past 150 years and found the effects of fluoride toothpaste, good dental care and education may override the effects of food in relation to tooth decay, the IrishDentist.ie reports.

Professor Monty Duggal told the news provider that more studies may be needed to determine how some foods can affect dental care.

"Nowadays, it's not enough to just look at what we eat when talking about tooth decay, as other factors seem to be as important," Duggal said. "Fluoride toothpaste changes the effect that some foods have on the teeth, as do other good oral hygiene practices."

One food that could be an example of this is sugar. In a separate study, researchers found the amount of sugar one consumes may not have anything to do with dental cavities. Instead, it's the frequency of consumption.

People who do nothing to treat tooth decay have an increased risk of developing other serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

The American Dental Association recommends people administer two teeth cleanings a day and floss to maintain dental health.

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