Cavity prevention is pretty simple: don’t let the bad guys (harmful bacteria) move in. If your diet is high in sugar and carbohydrates, or you lack a proper brushing routine, you are more susceptible to tooth decay.
Frequent snacking can also contribute to the problem. This is because eating causes an acid reaction as the bacteria in your mouth digest carbohydrates. This takes approximately 20 minutes, long enough for the acid environment to invade the tooth structure, which can eventually lead to cavities.
Salvia also plays a role in the process. When saliva is thin it breaks up and carries food away quickly. Carbs and sugars can create thicker saliva, which moves slower and facilities in the acid-producing bacteria that leads to cavities.
Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay:
- Lower the frequency of meals and snacks.
- Routine brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Limit sugary drinks, and increase water intake.
- Preventing sticky foods and candy.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Eat nutritious snacks low in carbohydrates.