Healthy Diet's Effect on Children's Teeth
A healthy diet can improve the state of children's teeth.
In my investigation I will include:
- To find out how tooth decay is caused and what the main reasons
are for it.
- To put forward a questionnaire on what children mostly eat and
- Ideas on how children's tooth decay can be avoided. What
nutrients are important to teeth.
- To do some practical work on the foods rich in the nutrients
that are important to teeth.
- What nutrients are important to teeth.
- Put forward ideas of what the diets of young children should be
Tooth decay is a wearing away of the tooth enamel. The bacteria from
foods containing sugars and carbohydrates are left on the teeth, and
over a period of time they destroy the teeth enamel and this results
in tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs because each time you eat acid is
formed that can eat into your teeth. Saliva can protect against the
formation of acid, but only if it doesn't occur that often. Fluoride,
which is found in toothpaste, is the main element that strengthens and
The diagram above shows the different tooth sections. Below they are
- Dentin - The hard tissue located under the enamel of the tooth.
Dentin is harder than bone.
- Bone - This is the tissue where the root of the tooth is anchored
- Enamel - The tough, shiny, white outer surface of the tooth.
- Root - The anchor of a tooth that extends into the bone of the
- Pulp - The soft centre of the tooth. The pulp contains blood
vessels and nerves.
- Gingiva - Part of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth and
- Cementum - a specialized bony substance covering the root of a