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Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks and not cleaning your teeth well.
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Can cavities be prevented by using chewing gum?
The xylitol in the gum helps prevent dental caries and helps maintain a natural pH level in the mouth. Additionally, the act of chewing gum also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps clear away food, strengthen teeth, and reduce the levels of acid in your mouth that cause tooth decay.
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A child should be seen by a dentist at what age ?
The first visit—and making sure your child has regular visits to the dentist at least every six months after that—not only ensures that their teeth are cavity-free but allows them to learn the importance of healthy oral health habits early on, protecting their precious smile for years to come.
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Are children more susceptible to cavities than adults?
Children are more susceptible to cavities than adults due to the fact that their tooth enamel is still developing and is more porous, making it easier for bacteria to penetrate and cause a cavity.
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What is the role of hydroxyapatite in preventing cavities?
HA is a mineral that helps remineralize tooth enamel, making it more resistant to the acid produced by the bacteria that cause cavities.
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What is the recommended frequency of dental check-ups for cavity prevention?
Regular dental check-ups every 6 months allow your dentist to detect and treat cavities in their early stages, when they are easiest to treat and least likely to cause serious harm.
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Can cavities be reversed without treatment?
Early decay can be reverse with a remineralizing protocol
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How often should you brush your teeth to prevent cavities?
Brushing twice a day, in the morning and before bed, helps remove food and plaque from your teeth, reducing the risk of cavities.
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What is the primary cause of teeth cavities?
Previously, we believed that having a diet high in sugar was the main cause of cavities. More research has shown that it’s more complex and different factors will have an impact on the susceptibility of a tooth to decay . The diet, the oral hygiene, the absorption of minerals,the type of breathing ( mouth breathing ), the quality of the enamel and the saliva , the genetics, all these factors will play a role in the decay mechanism.
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What is the best way to protect your teeth from the sugar in food and drinks?
Drinking water after eating can help rinse away food particles and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria, reducing the risk of cavities. Brushing immediately after eating can allow the acid to soften the enamel, making it more susceptible to damage during brushing.
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