What causes cavities? How does the food I eat affect my teeth? These questions have to do with acid erosion. They will be addressed in this post.
Cavities form, primarily, due to acids found in your mouth. This may come as a surprise, because many people associate limiting sugars with cavity prevention. The reality is, we need to limit our sugar AND acid intake. Here’s what happens when a cavity forms:
Your mouth is full of bacteria. These bacteria feed off of the sugars left in your mouth after eating. These sugars include added sugars as well as natural sugars found in starchy foods, fruit and other foods. The bacteria then create an acidic byproduct from the sugars, which gets on your teeth and erodes the enamel until a hole is formed. That is how a cavity usually forms.
Acids from foods can also cause enamel erosion directly. You should avoid highly acidic drinks such as sports and energy drinks, as they are full of sugars and acids. Plain water is usually the best idea for teeth.
For more information, call LeJeune Family Dentistry in Hampton, Virginia, at (757) 827-9114. Dr. Barry LeJeune and our team are happy to help you keep your smile strong!