Cavity Prevention

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Most of the time cavities result from a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing.

Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help.  The longer it takes your child to chew their food, the longer the residue stays on their teeth and the greater their chances of getting cavities.

Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.

The consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference as thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly.  When a person consumes a diet high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn produces more of the acid-producing bacteria that cause cavities.

Some tips for cavity prevention:

  • Limit the frequency of meals and snacks
  • Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing
  • Avoid sugary or acidic drinks
  • Avoid sticky foods
  • Choose nutritious snacks