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Cavity Prevention

 

 

Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their foods the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.

 

 

Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digest 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.  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 that allows more acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.

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Tips For Cavity Prevention

 

 

1.   Limit frequency of meals and snacks.

 

2.    Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.     

          

3.     Watch what you drink.

 

4.     Avoid sticky foods.

 

5.     Make treats part of meals.

6.     Choose nutritious snacks.

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