Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing.
Limiting sugar intake and brushing, of course, can help. Frequent intake of carbohydrates in a day, and infrequent brushing in a week, greatly increases the likelihood 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.
Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference as thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn allows for more of the acid-producing bacteria that causes cavities.
Some tips for cavity prevention:
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage DAILY brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
- Limit sugary drinks, encourage drinking water
- Avoid sticky sugary foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.