that idea that sugar causes tooth decay is a myth. they used to say that bottles in bed and night-nursing caused bottle mouth syndrome - now they know better. sugar is antimicrobial - microbes cannot eat it and survive which is why you cannot mess around with the sugar when you're making home-made jams and jellies. put it this way: put a bowl of healthy fruits and veg next to a bowl of sugar on the table and wait a month. which one is still safe to eat?
how sugar contributes to tooth decay is that diets high in sugar are often deficient in vital nutrients such as saturated fats, minerals, vitD, etc. this leaves the tooth enamel porous as the body scavenges the teeth for the calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium needed for the neural system - things like your heart need those minerals to run efficiently. porous tooth enamel allows the bacteria Streptococcus Mutans entrée - basically, bottle mouth or bottle rot syndrome is a serious infection of the teeth. a high-sugar diet also knocks your immune system sideways - 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract.
you CAN combat it by correcting your diet. you need to eat things like organic free-range butter, organic free-range eggs, liver and other organ meats, whole fish like sardines and pilchards (they're actually the same thing but whatever), and bone-in salmon.
Last edited by threenorns; 04-16-2012 at 06:36 PM.