In a medical breakthrough claimed to be the most important health discovery of the century, dentists have revealed that tooth decay is caused by eating food with your teeth.
Dr “Painless” Peter Potter of the Dental Research Institute of Philadelphia said a 17-year study into the causes of tooth decay showed that putting food in your mouth and chewing it with your teeth is by far the Number One contributing factor.
The study followed over 349 people and looked at their dietary habits and the health of their teeth. It found, in all cases, people who ate food with their teeth suffered from some kind of tooth decay problem at some time during their life.
“It will take a massive re-education program”, he said. “To stop people eating with their teeth but it’s the only way they can prevent them falling out.”
When it was suggested that eating food was part of our natural existence Dr Potter said: “We’re trying to stop the problem before it starts, not cure it after it’s taken hold.”
When asked if there were any solutions to the problem he replied: “You could be fed intravenously but that would required daily visits to the hospital for at least a couple of hours and that might not suit everyone’s routine.
“You could also be fed by a tube into your stomach which doesn’t require a daily hospital visit although that has its own downsides. But remember, the state of your teeth is at stake here!
“Meanwhile, if you visit your dental surgeon they will custom-make a special set of teeth protectors for you. Until then, we recommend people only eat soups and saps and try to avoid letting any food touch their teeth.”
When asked what the second most-common cause of tooth decay was, Dr Potter admitted it was not brushing, not flossing and poor dental hygiene.