Researchers find how late night eating can harm your teeth - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/2/10

Researchers find how late night eating can harm your teeth

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Do you ever have the midnight munchies?  We know that's not so great for your diet, but it could also be damaging to your teeth. 

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen followed over 2,000 adults for six years. They found the late night eaters, those who had a quarter or more of their daily calories after dinner, lost more teeth than those who ate most of their food during the day. Their theory is that saliva flow slows down at night, which leaves debris in the mouth and accelerates the effect of sugar or acids just sitting there in the mouth. 

This is why they say mom's advice was really smart, if she told you to brush your teeth before bed, that won't help your diet, but it could save your teeth.

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