Can I still develop cavities even if I avoid sugar?
While sugar contributes to the development of cavities, it is not the only way that tooth decay forms. The dentists at Montefiore Medical Center visit with patients regularly on ways to maintain a healthy smile. While reducing sugar intake can help reduce the risk of developing tooth decay, there are still other factors to take into consideration. First, let's learn about other causes of cavities.
What causes cavities?
While most patients automatically blame sugar as the primary reason why cavities develop, it is essential that patients realize that this is not always the case. Our team at Montefiore Medical Center educates patients on the other causes of cavities that can contribute to the formation of irreversible tooth decay. Below are just a few more reasons why cavities develop:
- Carbohydrates. Foods that are high in starch and carbohydrates can contribute to the formation of cavities. This includes foods like bread and pasta. Carbohydrates can feed bacteria that thrive in the mouth, causing the formation of an acidic byproduct that contributes to tooth decay.
- Acids. Foods that are high in acid can also contribute to cavities. This includes foods known as "healthy foods," such as lemons and oranges. The more acids in one's diet, the more likely they are to develop tooth decay.
- Dry mouth. Patients who have been diagnosed with dry mouth have difficulty producing enough saliva. Saliva washes away bacteria, acids, and food particles to contribute to healthier teeth and gums. Without saliva, bacteria can thrive and grow, causing tooth decay and even contributing to the development of periodontal disease.
How can I prevent cavities?
In addition to closely watching your food intake, you can also prevent cavities by brushing and flossing after every meal. Visiting the dentists at Montefiore Medical Center on a regular basis for examinations and cleanings is also vital to maintain oral health and wellness.
Do you have questions about maintaining a healthy smile?
Whether you are looking for advice on changing your diet or are interested in finding out more about oral health and wellness, connect with our team at Montefiore Medical Center. Call 888-700-6623 to request an appointment at any one of our 11 office locations.