Dental Cavities

Published on November 1, 2013 by

We all have plaque on our teeth, which contains thousands of different kinds of bacteria. These bacteria  love sugary foods and drinks more dental-cavitythan we do! When the bacteria mix with sugar, they create an acid that starts to eat away at your tooth enamel and can create a little hole- a cavity. The plaque, bacteria, and acid will continue to erode your enamel until your dentist cleans out the damaged part of the tooth and fills in the cavity with a filling. Unfortunately, there is no way to rid our mouths of the bacteria that cause cavities, but there are some ways to prevent a cavity from forming. Of course, brushing and flossing regularly will help keep your mouth clean, and eating healthy foods can eliminate some of the sugars you would be receiving from less healthy food. One preventive method that might surprise you is chewing sugarless gum after you eat. Gum chewing produces more saliva, which reduces the amount of acid left in your mouth after a meal.

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