Check the myths and facts below to find out how cavities are caused, prevented, and treated. The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities. However, these bacteria are triggered to make acid when you eat anything with carbohydrates — and sugar is a carb. Rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegetables are also carbs. Once the acid eats into your tooth, the bacteria have a nice little hole to live in where your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. The bacteria continue to metabolize carbs and produce acids — and your cavity just keeps getting bigger.
Here’s an important fact. It’s not the amount of carbs you eat that causes tooth decay, but the length of time your teeth are exposed. If you eat a lot of carbs for lunch, that’s one big exposure. But if you spend the day sipping sugary drinks, that’s continuous exposure — and much more unhealthy for your teeth. Continue Reading →