Cavity Prevention

Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Having cavities is less about what you eat and more about how well you brush what you did eat off of your teeth.

Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food, the longer the residue stays on their teeth and the greater the chances 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 produces more of the acid-producing bacteria that causes cavities.

Some tips for cavity prevention:

  • Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
  • Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
  • Watch what you drink.
  • Avoid sticky foods.
  • Make treats part of meals.
  • Choose nutritious snacks.

For more information about Cavity Prevention or to schedule a pediatric dental consult with Dr. Wakefield, Dr. Giles, Dr. Spivey or Dr. Elster, please use our Appointment form or call our Florissant office at Florissant Pediatric Dental Office Phone Number 314-830-9663.


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