If you've ever wondered why you get so many cavities, you might want to review whether or not your daily habits are contributing. While tooth decay can be treated, it's best to prevent the cavities from occurring in the first place by changing the way you eat, drink, and care for your teeth.
- Drinking wine - the acids in wine weaken teeth enamel and the alcohol dries your mouth, decreasing the salivary flow and thus decreasing remineralization.
- Eating potato products - the bacteria in plaque turns potato starch into acid, which can break down tooth enamel. Rinse your mouth with water after eating.
- Drinking fruit juice - most juices are loaded with sugar because fruits are naturally sweet, but you can reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water.
- Eating candy - sugary treats like candy promote tooth decay, but some candies are worse than others. Gummy candy sticks in the teeth unless you rinse after eating.
- Drinking sports drinks - sports drinks are usually high in sugar. Like juice or candy, sugary sports drinks create an acidic environment that attacks tooth enamel.
- Eating cough drops - most cough drops are loaded with sugar so after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to rinse your mouth and then brush like normal.
- Drinking soda pop - coke can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving and contain phosphoric and citric acids, which eat away at tooth enamel.
If you've already experienced tooth decay and need to see a dentist, please call your local holistic dentist. If you're in the Indianapolis area, Dr. Reese is an Indianapolis holistic dentist who has helped many different people fix their tooth decay.