The Hidden Cause of Cavaties

 In Dental Talk - Chehalis Dental Care Blog

If you haven’t had a cavity, there is a good chance you will probably get one eventually. After all, the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 91% of the population of the United States between the ages of 20 and 64 had at least one cavity. By the age of 64, 94% of the population had at least one cavity.

Seeing how common cavities are it has people asking ‘what can I do to prevent cavities?;.While there is no way to completely prevent cavities, learning exactly what causes cavities to form can help you reduce your chance of developing a cavity.

The Secret Cause of Cavities

Everyone believes that sugar is what causes cavities and it does, but not directly. The actual cause of cavities is a reaction between bacteria in your mouth and sugary substances. The reaction creates an acid that slowly erodes the enamel on your teeth and causes cavities to form.

This means that you could avoid sugar completely and still develop cavities because the acid is created when you eat a number of different types of foods or consume certain types of drinks. Luckily, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of developing cavities.

To reduce your risk of getting cavities, do the following:

  • Visit your dentist for regular professional cleanings and examinations
  • Brush at least three times a day, especially after meals
  • Brush after consuming extremely acidic or sugary foods
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Avoid sugary drinks and opt to consume water or milk
  • Pick healthier, non-sugary snacks such as vegetables or nuts

If you want personalized advice on how to avoid cavities or you need to schedule a professional cleaning or examination, call Chehalis Dental Care. Our friendly office staff will gladly schedule you for an appointment with our dentist who can provide you with tips on how to reduce your chance of developing cavities.

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