Why is frequent snacking bad for my teeth?

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Snacking a lot during the day can increase the risk of developing tooth decay. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, forms on your teeth all the time. When you have foods or drinks that contain sugar, the bacteria in plaque produce harmful acids that attack your tooth enamel. These acids can stay in your mouth for up to 20 minutes after you eat. Frequent acid attacks can break down the enamel and cavities can develop.

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