Most of us, at one time or another in our life, end up with cavities, otherwise known as dental caries. Even if we brush like crazy, floss every night, and watch what we eat – dental caries still seem to be a part of life. What causes dental caries, and what can you do to avoid them?
Dental caries (cavities) are caused by many things. The following are just some of the things that cause cavities, as well as what you can do to prevent cavities happening to you.
Not Brushing Your Teeth Causes Dental Caries (Cavities) – As soon as you finish eating, whatever you ate has already left tiny particles behind on your tongue and between your teeth. If these are allowed to stay, within less than half an hour, they’re already begin to rot and this produces bacteria which in turn produces acid. This acid then starts to eat away at the enamel on your teeth. If this is allowed to happen enough times, a cavity is the end result. If you brush your teeth immediately after you eat, though, this cuts way down on possible bacteria and therefore possible cavities. Also, when you brush your teeth, brush for at least two to three minutes, and make sure you brush all sides of your teeth, including the backs.
Sugary Drinks Cause Dental Caries (Cavities) – I firmly believe that sugary drinks like Coke, Pepsi and Mountain Dew are some of the worst things you can consume for your health. Not only are they loaded with calories that make you fat, and chemicals that can make you ill, they also are the worst thing you can drink for your teeth. Drinking a mouthful of Coke means the sugar in the Coke immediately attaches itself to your teeth. After a whole can of the stuff, your teeth are begging you to stop. If you really must drink the foul stuff, at least give your teeth a break and brush them immediately afterwards. It may not stop dental caries from developing completely, but it will go a long way towards helping.
Too Many Carbohydrates Cause Dental Caries (Cavities) – Eating too many carbohydrates can also help create dental caries. Carbohydrates turn into sugar in the mouth (and in the body), so eating tons of carbohydrates is just as bad for you as eating loads of candy bars. They will do the same thing in your mouth, produce bacteria, which produces acid, which destroys your teeth. Hello cavities.
Too Much Candy, Too Little Fruit/Veg Causes Dental Caries (Cavities) – Americans eat more candy bars than anyone else on the planet. These candy bars are a wonderful way to create dental caries, especially the really sticky caramel or gummy ones, as they stick like glue to your teeth. Cut out some of the candy bars and substitute more fruit and vegetables instead. But, remember, even after eating fruit or veg, you should still clean your teeth as the carbohydrates in fruit and veg can still do damage.
Not Flossing Daily Causes Dental Caries (Cavities) – Flossing is the most important thing you can do for your teeth. If you don’t floss every day, this is a great way to get dental caries. Flossing gets rid of all the decaying food that’s stuck between your teeth, which prevents it from turning into acid and attacking your teeth. It’s also been proven by many medical studies that those who floss every day have less other health problems too and, weirdly, they live longer. Decaying food that’s left between the teeth can actually cause infections, which get into the blood stream through the mouth. These infections, if not treated correctly, can make you sick. In rare cases, they can kill you. So, make sure you floss and your chances of not only not getting cavities, but also not getting an infection are slashed.
Some Medications Cause Dental Caries (Cavities) – Taking some medications can cause you to get dental caries as the medication attacks the enamel on your teeth. Make sure, if you are prescribed new medications, that you check the side effects and, no matter what the medication, clean your teeth several times a day.
Not Getting Regular Dental Check-Ups Cause Dental Caries (Cavities) – Many people don’t get regular dental check ups. Visit your dentist at least every six months, as they can give you a good teeth cleaning that will reach places in your mouth you cannot reach yourself. This is one of the best ways to prevent dental caries from occurring.
Many things can cause dental caries or cavities, but cleaning and flossing your teeth every day, as well as getting regular dental check-ups can go a long way to preventing them.