How do I get cavities?

Posted By: Jenny Lee, D.D.S. | Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cavities are bacterial infections. The infections are communicable. The bacteria live in a clear sticky substance called plaque, which constantly forms on your teeth. Every time you eat, for 20 minutes, the bacteria feed on the sugars that form as the food is broken down. The bacteria generate acids, and the acids cause your teeth to decay.

How can I stop or reduce my chances of getting cavities?

  1. By rinsing with a solution which lower your acidity.
  2. Controlling how often you eat (try to eat no more than 6 times a day).
  3. By eating a diet low in carbohydrates and processed sugars.
  4. By thoroughly cleaning your teeth several times a day.
  5. By coating your teeth with Fluoride, which hardens the enamel on the teeth.
  6. By rinsing or eating Xylitol which harms the bacterial. Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute which can be found in health food stores.
  7. Drink lots of water. This helps you to maintain enough saliva to wash away the acids and dilute the bacterial.
  8. Each of us is different. You can get an assessment of your bacterial count and saliva acidity and quantity with a personalized Cavity Risk Assessment Visit. Call our office to schedule this important tool to stop getting cavities.

Resources

  • Products which lower your acidity
  • CT x4 Carifree Treatment Rinse
  • CTx3 Carifree Maintenance Rinse
  • Therabreath oOral Rinse
  • ACT Anticavity Fluoride Rinse
  • Oral Care products:
  • Ultra soft toothbrushes
  • Braun oral irrigaters (waterpicks)
  • Braun/Oral B electric toothbrushes
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Fluoride varnish: applied in the dental office
  • Prevident Toothpaste: prescription
  • CTx3 Carifree Maintenance Rinse
  • ACT Anticavity Fluoride Rinse
  • Xylitol
  • Gum and mints: Spry
  • Daily Rinse: CTx3 Carifree