Cavity Prevention

Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods or drinks and a lack of brushing.

Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food, the longer the residue stays on their teeth and the greater the chances of getting cavities.

For more information about Cavity Prevention or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilkerson, please use our Contact Us form or call our office in Charleston, WV at Charleston Office Phone Number 304-345-0541.

Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.

Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference as thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn produces more of the acid-producing bacteria that causes cavities.

Some tips for cavity prevention:

  • Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
  • Encourage and participate in your child’s brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
  • Watch what your child drinks.
  • Drink water.
  • Avoid sticky foods.
  • Make treats part of meals.
  • Choose nutritious snacks.

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