The Care Of The Teeth

Decay of the teeth, or caries, commences externally, appearing upon the

enamel or bony structure of the teeth. Usually it is the result of

chemical action produced by decomposition of food. Acids found in some

fruits will cause decay if allowed to remain in contact with the teeth.

Then there are the natural mouth acids, which, although not strong, are

none the less effective if allowed to remain long enough around the

teeth. Microscopical examinations have shown that the secretions of

almost every person's month contain more or less vegetable and animal

life that will withstand the application of acids and astringents and

will only succumb to alkalies. A dentifrice or mouth wash should be


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