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What Causes Cavities? (Hint: It's Not What You Think!)

November 28, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Suchi Chalasani
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Did you floss your teeth today? Many people don't take flossing as seriously as brushing; however, a new study found that much of the bacteria in our mouths that cause cavities is lurking in between our teeth. This means that it is critical to floss your teeth at least once per day to maintain your oral health.

It's also important to understand how tooth decay occurs so you can prevent it from happening in the first place. Your dentist in Royal Oak, MI explains.

Sugar Causes Cavities - Right?

While we all know that sugar is bad for our teeth, most of us don't understand the process that takes place in our mouths to cause tooth decay. It is not actually sugar itself causing the decay, but rather it is the fuel for the bacteria that produce the acids that erode enamel.

What You Can do to Combat Cavities

There are a few steps you can take to combat the effects of sugar and the acids in your mouth such as:

  • Limiting your daily consumption of sugary foods and beverages and drinking more water.
  • Brushing consistently at least twice per day for two-minute intervals.
  • Flossing at least once per day to remove plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth.
  • Eating more fruits and vegetables which help to neutralize the acids in your mouth.
  • Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your home care routine, which provides extra fluoride and protection against cavities.
  • Routine visits to your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups.

Following these steps at home and partnering with your dentist for regular checkups will help you keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free.

Is it time four your six-month cleaning and checkup? Give your team at Family Dentistry of Royal Oak a call today to arrange your next visit.

 
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