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Cavity creators are anything that encourages plaque buildup on your teeth which damages the health of your teeth (and gums). We seek to keep your oral health in its best shape, so today we are going to take a look at some things that can create cavities. Plaque is a sticky bacterial film you can feel when you run your tongue along the back of your teeth, near the bottom by the gum line. So what are some cavity creators you need to watch out for?

Acid

Acids created from the foods and drinks you ingest throughout the day are a byproduct of feeding the bacteria in your mouth. With time, this acid production will wear down precious tooth enamel. If you drink soda or juice throughout the day, it will help to limit your intake (drink water in between) and drink through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth. Rinse often (and drink) with water to encourage healthy levels of saliva production.

Sugar

Focus on healthy choices when eating, choosing foods like celery, apples, and carrots which work with your saliva for easy bacteria removal because they don’t cling to your teeth. Sugary and starchy foods tend to cling to tooth enamel and end up contributing to tooth decay. Milk, honey, soda, cookies, dried fruit, and chips are all products that saliva has trouble removing because of their sticky properties.

Location

Believe it or not, where your teeth are located in the mouth can contribute to tooth decay. The molars in the back of the mouth make them the most at-risk for cavities. Because they are hard to reach they are hard to brush and floss correctly. This, combined with the pits and fissures on their surface where oral debris accumulates makes them a prime target of cavities.

Along with these factors, other cavity creators include: not brushing often enough or soon enough after eating, having dry mouth (producing less than optimal amounts of saliva) and worn-out dental fillings and dental appliances.

What You Can Do

–Brush and floss daily

–Stay properly hydrated

–Include healthy foods in your diet

–Limit snacking

–See your dentist for periodic cleanings and exams

To schedule your next dental cleaning with one of our caring dentists, Dr. Jeryl Abbott and Dr. James Cahn, please call our Midlothian Dental Arts team in Midlothian, Virginia at 804-419-5155 today!