Usually cavities are caused by a lack of brushing and diet with an emphasis on surgery and acidic foods. A simple solution to reduce the likelihood of cavities and the negative consequences of them, is to limit sugary foods, especially those that stick to teeth, as well as brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Chewier foods tend to be worse for you and your child’s teeth, creating a sticky residue that adheres to teeth increasing the odds of cavities forming.
When someone eats, there is an acidic reaction that occurs within their mouth. This is caused by bacteria digesting the sugars of the food and typically lasts about twenty minutes. This is when teeth are the most susceptible to cavities, as the environment created by the acid can decay existing tooth structures. Another factor is the consistency of the individual’s saliva in determining how likely they are to suffer from cavities. Thinner saliva is able break up and wash away food swiftly, reducing the time of acidic buildup. A diet high in carbohydrates and sugar will likely lead to thicker saliva which is less effective at washing away the acidic bacteria.
Here are a few easy ways to avoid cavities:
- Limit the amount of meals and snacks and their duration
- Promote brushing, flossing and rinsing, especially after meals
- Watch what you drink, sugary sodas are just as bad as sugary foods
- Make sweets part of meals
- Make treats part of meals
- Eat more nutritious snacks
Following these easy tips will help avoid cavities for you and your children and avoid more dental work down the road.
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