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Tooth cavities

What is a cavity? A cavity, also known as dental caries, is a hole in a tooth where tooth enamel has broken down due to it's decay. Decay is caused when a sticky bacteria that is built up in the tooth during the digestive process. When the bacteria is left for long periods of time, that plaque can cause tooth decay, eventually it will cause a cavity.If the cavity is left untreated, a cavity can create a hole through the tooth and expose nerve endings creating significant pain. It can also create the need for a root canal or even result in tooth loss.

How are cavities created? When we eat certain foods, acids are created by our body to break down the food to assist in the digestion. These acids demineralize our teeth. However, does sugar really cause cavities? The answer to that is no, sugar doesn’t cause cavities, the bacteria causes the cavities. If the bacteria isn't properly managed, it will not only cause cavities but also gum disease and may even result in tooth loss. When eating sugary treats, make sure to take proper care the reduce the probability of cavities.

How to prevent cavities? To prevent cavities, you don’t need to give up on sticky foods, but you do need to make sure your taking good care of your oral care. It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash daily. You should see your dentist at least twice a year. Start by establishing good dental health practices in not only kids but adults, this way it will help to reduce future dental concerns, including improved heart health, lower risk of diabetes, cancer, stroke, and more.

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