Cavities: Candy Alone is Not Responsible
We understand more now than we have at any other time about how cavities are formed and how to prevent them from forming. A dental office in London Ontario found that many well-educated and well-informed individuals do not really understand how enamel is eroded and how cavities are created. It is the longstanding and common opinion of many that cavities are only caused by sugary drinks and snacks such as candy and soda. However, what many people fail to realize is that any food high in carbohydrates will break down into a sugar with much the same result. In fact there are many things that your average person may not know about how food can affect their mouth and its oral health.
We know that your mouth is home to an incalculable number of bacteria. We also know that there are many types of bacteria that live in your mouth and some of these bacteria are good but some are bad. We also know that the good bacteria can help control the bad decay causing bacteria and that all of the bacteria in your mouth need food to live and breed. The bacteria in our mouths are constantly growing in number, multiplying and doubling their numbers about every twenty minutes. We have discovered that certain foods, which are high in sugars and starches, are used by the bacteria as food. The bacteria in our mouths responds to these particular foods by producing acids which can erode the tooth’s natural protective enamel.
Enamel is important because it protects the more sensitive parts of your teeth and although it is the hardest substance in the human body (even stronger than your bones) it is prone to erosion caused by acids.
Examples of Foods Which Help Feed Bacteria
Bacteria living in your mouth is a natural fact of life. There will always be bacteria in your mouth, both good and bad and this is a fact we will need to come to terms with. However, you can take steps to reduce the amount of Bacteria in your mouth and also steps to protect you teeth from enamel loss.
Steps to Protect Your Teeth
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing at least once daily
- Reducing the number and frequency of high sugar and high carb foods
Brushing and flossing are your best weapons against tooth decay. However, there are also some great mouthwashes you can use to reduce the number of bacteria present in your mouth as well. Many people also find that chewing sugar-free gums helps their mouths to produce more saliva which naturally aids in the protection of your teeth and enamel.
Of course the most important thing you can do is to regularly visit your dentist. Regular visits mean detecting early decay. When decay is found early it is at its most treatable and is often able to be reversed. Residents of London Ontario can come into dental offices for a dental check up. They can discuss your enamel and how you can protect your teeth from harmful bacteria.
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