I eat a healthy diet. Why do I still get cavities?
Cavities are caused by more than just your diet. Eating acidic food and drinks can soften the protective enamel covering your teeth and cause decay over time. Coffee, tea, soda, diet soda, energy drinks, wine, and certain juices are high in acid. Brushing your teeth after drinking these acidic drinks can actually cause more harm than good as the newly softened enamel will be sloughed away by the toothbrush. We recommend rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after drinking acidic beverages and holding off on brushing for at least a couple hours to allow your teeth to re-harden after being exposed to the acid.
Additionally, patients may not be properly cleaning their teeth to prevent cavities. When brushing, make sure to target the area where your gums meet your tooth since this is where the majority of plaque can build up around teeth. One of the most common areas for cavities to form is between teeth. Patients should also make sure to floss or clean the area between their teeth with an interdental brush.
What You Can Do
Making adjustments to your lifestyle and habits can help. Additionally, we offer fluoride treatments to help keep your enamel strong. Call our office to schedule an exam with Dr. Kim to learn more about your options.
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