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How Can I Reverse The Damage From Cavities
Bacteria: Simply, bacteria in our mouths metablolize the carbohydrates that we eat (simple sugars are their favorites) and produce acid as a result of their activity. The acid dissolves the enamel, causing the decay. Eating the right foods, and brushing/flossing right afterwards, helps break the cycle. Go brush now! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diet and Bacteria: Sugar and carbohydrates are used for fuel by bacteria in your mouth. A by-product they produce is acid. The acid dissolves the mineral of your tooth. They can be prevented by having a good diet, cleaning your teeth immaculately and seeing your dentist for cleanings at least twice a year. There are other important dental problems beyond cavities, so see a great dentist to have it all assessed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cavity formation: Bacteria in you mouth reside in the dental plaque. These bacteria metabolize the sugar from your diet and produce acid which can lead to demineralization of the enamel which can then progress to dental decay. Prevention of dental decay requires good oral hygiene to reduce plaque and bacteria on the teeth, reduced exposure to sugar, and preventative efforts including Fluoride and dental sealants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet/Hygiene: Dental cavities are caused by acid that is produced by the bacteria in our mouths. The carbohydrate in our diet (especially the liquid sugars) are metabolized by the bacteria in dental plaque into organic acids. If the plaque is allowed to remain on the tooth, the acid creates a hole in the tooth we call a cavity. Reduce dietary carbohydrate, remove plaque and use a Fluoride toothpaste. ...Read more
Lot's of bad places: I assume you mean a dental cavity. This can cause an abscess if untreated and can spread to your sinuses and even your brain (upper jaw) or all the way down to your heart (lower jaw). Lest we forget, tutankhamun, the boy-king of egypt ("king tut") was thought to have died of a brain abscess from a cavity. Go see your dentist! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Decay: Tooth decay involves the breakdown of the enamel matrix subsequent to contact with acid. Only the most superficial of lesions can be reversed using a variety of remineralizing pastes. Good, healthy eating habits can help prevent decay together with regular brushing and flossing. You'll need a dentist to restore a cavity since you cannot eat your way out of it. ...Read more
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