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Eating Candy Isn’t the Only Thing that Gives You Cavities

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Candy has, perhaps, taken the majority of blame when children develop a cavity. In all honesty, there are so many other factors at play that contribute to tooth decay that avoiding candy altogether isn’t going to be all you need to do to protect your teeth and avoid a mouthful of fillings. Our society as a whole comes into contact with acid-causing bacteria and food on a more frequent basis throughout the day, which has a tremendous affect on our teeth.

Some “healthy” drinks may not be good for your teeth.

Natural juices, sports drinks, diet sodas and milk all contain some form of sugar which break down in our saliva to form an acid byproduct. These acids stay active in the mouth for approximately 30 minutes at a time; so frequently sipping on these drinks throughout the day increases your rate of acid exposure. To make it worse, liquids flow naturally around the teeth to coat all of the surfaces, including deep pits on the chewing surfaces and between the teeth. Choosing to drink water between meals can naturally cleanse the mouth and decrease your risk of tooth decay than other drinks. Believe it or not, water also hydrates just as effectively as sports drinks, so there really isn’t a need to have one after each workout.

Certain medications or habits may predispose you to decay.

Mouth breathers have much dryer mouths, which prevents the natural cleansing mechanism of saliva. These patients thereby tend to have more tooth decay than those who breathe naturally out of their noses. Medications that come in specific forms and are breathed through the mouth, such as asthma medications, are also linked with a high frequency of tooth decay. Patients who use these medications should rinse their mouth thoroughly after each dose and consider using a supplemental fluoride.

Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental

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