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Reducing Tooth Decay & Gum Disease
by Stuart Orton-Jones

Reducing Tooth Decay & Gum Disease International Dental Courses UK, USA, Canada & India

Acid is formed inside the mouth with the presence of the right type of bacteria, combined with sugar consumption. The presentation includes tips on reducing sugar intake to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This presentation is given by Stuart Orton-Jones during his international dental courses that have taken place in the UK, USA, India, Canada, Germany, France, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Australia, Oman, Malaysia, Pakistan, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Egypt.


When sugar is taken into the mouth, in the presence of the right type of bacteria around the teeth, acid forms in thirty seconds and lasts for about thirty minutes. The right type of bacteria is developed by eating sugar.

  • The acid attack lasts about thirty minutes.
  • If sugar is taken every thirty minutes throughout the day there is a constant acid attack all day
  • The acid burns holes in teeth producing tooth decay.
  • Eventually the decay reaches the centre of the tooth resulting in an abscess.
  • Sometime abscesses are extremely painful.
  • Most times they are not noticed and may remain undetected for a long time.

We need sugar in a blood for energy. If we eat sugar it reaches the blood stream in seconds. If we eat cheese or potatoes it takes about three minutes for the cheese or potato to be converted into sugar and then enter the blood. Sugar is artificially produced. It is not present as white or brown sugar. We do not need it. Natural foods provide us with energy and vitamins and minerals. Sugar does not. Sugar is empty calories.


Reducing Sugar Intake

  • Stopping sugar in tea, coffee and other drinks
  • After stopping sugar for a few months taste buds alter.
  • Taking sugar for example in tea and coffee becomes unpleasant.
  • The taste of the tea and coffee becomes more appreciated and savoury flavours become more attractive

How to reduce Sugar Intake

Reducing Sugar at once

  • The quickest way of reducing sugar intake is to stop sugar straight away
  • After a month or two taste buds have changed. Sugar in tea and coffee becomes distasteful

Reducing Sugar Gradually

  • Some people find it difficult to stop straight away but find it acceptable to reduce gradually.

 The Gradual Sugar reduction approach

  • Halve the amount of sugar in tea and coffee for example one teaspoon or lump of sugar instead of two
  • One Month later Halve the amount again
  • One Month later Halve the amount again
  • One Month later Halve the amount again
  • At this stage stop sugar completely.


What happens is that going back to the previous level become unpleasant

 The Gradual Artificial Sweetener Approach reduction approach

  • Change to Artificial Sweeteners
  • One Month laterHalve the amount of Sweeteners  in tea and coffee
  • One Month later Halve the amount again It may be necessary to cut the tablet or pill
  • One Month later Halve the amount again
  • One Month later Halve the amount again
  • At this stage stop Artificial Sweetener completely.

Gum Disease

How do you know if you have Gum Disease?

  • If your gums bleed you have gum disease.
  • If your gums are red you have gum disease.
  • If your gums recede you have gum disease. If your teeth are loose you have had gum disease for a long time.

 Fluoride Rinsing helps reduce Tooth Decay

Rinsing with a Fluoride Rinse and using toothpaste which has Fluoride in it reduces tooth decay.

The Story of Gum Disease

  • If your teeth are absolutely clean, bacteria start to glue onto your teeth immediately.
  • The layer of bacteria that forms is known as plaque.
  • After about thirty six hours the layer is thick enough to start damaging your gums.
  • The acids and chemical produced by the bacteria burn the skin off the gums.
  • More blood vessels are formed to bring more blood to the area to fight the infection.
  • The gums become inflamed and red.
  • Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease.
  • The bone that holds the teeth in place does not like the acids and chemicals and may dissolve away.
  • Eventually this results in loose teeth and teeth may fall out.
  • If the layer of bacteria, the plaque is removed, the skin starts to grow back over the gums.
  • After a week to ten the gums stop bleeding so much. Soon the bleeding may stop completely.
  • After a while it may be necessary for the teeth to be cleaned by a dentist or a hygienist.
  • Only at this stage is cleaning by a dentist or hygienist effective.
  • If teeth are cleaned by a dentist or hygienist twice a year and they are not cleaned each day the teeth are only clan for two days a year.


How to remove Plaque


  • In narrow spaces clean between the teeth ten times in each space with a toothpick once a day


Brush the teeth two teeth at a time once a day aiming at the junction of the teeth and gums
Interdental Brushing

Use Interdental brushes

between the teeth in spaces too big for toothpicks, ten time in each space

How to Clean Your Teeth




Interdental Brushing

 Sugar Control