Cavities refer to tooth decay, which occurs when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer, the dentin.
Diets that are high in sugar, carbohydrates and acidic products like soda will compromise your enamel health to some degree. The bacterial plaque that causes cavities is always present in your mouth but can become especially harmful to the teeth when thrown off balance from exposure to these types of dietary choices.
Tooth remineralization is an organic process that works to help repair enamel before a cavity forms. While the acids, triggered by sugars we eat and drink, try to erode the tooth’s enamel, our saliva works equally hard to neutralize the acid. If the acid can be neutralized by saliva, the remaining minerals, such as calcium and phosphate, can return to the enamel surface. Decay accelerates, however, when sugars enter the mouth too frequently, and the saliva just can’t keep up.
Calcium keeps the enamel strong and reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Magnesium works with calcium to build strong enamel and prevent cavities.
Zinc prevents the growth of bacteria and the build-up of plaque.
Iron is vital for transporting oxygen through the body, too little iron can contribute to infections and bacteria build-up in the mouth.
Vitamin D this incredibly important vitamin helps the body utilize calcium.
A healthy diet benefits all parts of the body – including the teeth.
Your oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day, flossing and using a fluoride toothpaste will help you to keep bacteria away from damaging your enamel.
Also, your regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist are important as they can monitor the progress of your cavities or to spot areas of decalcification that may have grown beyond your control. A fluoride varnish may be applied by your dentist or prescribed.
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