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June 24, 2007

Cavities – South Florida Dentist

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We all have them. Some of us have more than others. So what are they and
how do they form?
Basically a cavity is a bacterial infection in your tooth. The native
bacteria living in each of our mouths feed off the simple sugars that we eat
throughout the day. As a by-product of digesting this sugar these bacteria
excrete a strong acid called lactic acid. It is this lactic acid that
erodes away the surfaces of our teeth and eventually causes decay.
Fortunately the solution has remained very simple and unchanged for decades.
Brushing your teeth regularly is the single best way to prevent decay.
Tooth brushing physically removes the bacteria from the teeth. If they are
not on your teeth when they produce the acid the cavities don’t form!
Another way to limit the bacterial activity in your mouth is to deny them
their food source. Limiting the amount of simple sugars you ingest, things
like candy, sodas, and some starches, keeps the lactic acid level in your
mouth below the cavity forming threshold.
Of course once cavities form it is the dentist’s job to fix it with a
restoration or filling. However prevention of further decay begins with
good oral hygiene and diet practices. Although it is very important to have
all of your existing cavities restored the most important aspect of your
dental health is the daily discipline you cultivate. Remember the power of
a winning smile and healthy teeth lies within YOU.

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