Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. The bacteria in plaque use these sugars to produce acid, and the acid may result in decayed teeth.
Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria ferments the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 45 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to 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.