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Why am I Still Getting Cavities?

Unlike diabetes, where the amount of sugar that you ingest can eventually cause the disease, dental caries is influenced by the number of times a day you ingest sugar.

Every time you eat something that contains carbohydrates (almost every food) you get ten minutes of decay activity. This can really add up. In my office, I use this example: If you had ten apples and you could eat them all at once (apple sauce?) you would get ten minutes of decay activity. However, if you ate one an hour you would get one hundred minutes of decay activity. Now, I'm not saying which is better for you medically. We know that physicians believe small, frequent meals is better than a few large ones. I'm just telling you what's best for your teeth. If your doctor has prescribed small, frequent meals you must recognize the danger to your teeth and act accordingly i.e. more frequent brushing and flossing, possible a fluoride rinse or tray.

Here are some tips/facts that will help you understand the danger:

  1. Fruits and vegetables are all sugar albeit in more complicated form. Good for your body, bad for your teeth!
  2. Sugar substitutes are good for your teeth and range from good to bad for your body depending on the expert you talk to.
  3. The young and the elderly are the most vulnerable to decay; the young because of their propensity for sweets and the elderly because their saliva doesn't buffer acid as well.
  4. Your favorite drink during the day may be the most important factor in preventing decay,with water being the best and anything with sugar (coffee or tea with sugar, soda, even fruit juice) being the worst.
  5. If you have a foodtrap get it fixed. You can't keep it as clean as you think and any food residue will act as a constant source of sugar.

Unless you are a patient of Dr. Landin's and have seen him very recently, this should not be construed as dental advice but only as information. Please consult your own dentist in regard to your personal situation or condition.

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