It’s an unfortunate biological process, but when we eat (or drink flavored beverages), the bacteria in our mouths make acids that remove the important mineral protection on our tooth enamel. And that’s how we get cavities.
This happens every time we eat or drink – whether it’s healthy food or junk food, green tea or cola. Water is the only “neutral” thing we can consume that doesn’t create potential problems for our teeth and gums. But there’s something we can do to fight back against this process.
Constant exposure is the real problem
Yes, acidic foods and drink can cause cavities by creating acids that remove minerals from our tooth enamel. Luckily, the minerals in our saliva are designed to remineralize our teeth to protect them from cavities. Yet, we still get cavities – because of the way we seem to be constantly eating and drinking. We never give our mouths a chance to return to a neutral, safe state. Instead, we keep our mouths constantly exposed to acids, an intense state that cause tooth decay.
Take a break
Two hours is enough time for our saliva to remineralize and strengthen teeth. And the American Dental Association (ADA) says we can speed up the mouth’s healing time by chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals, which increases the flow of healing saliva.
Our mouths can’t do it alone
So even though we keep our mouths off acid between meals, and even though we’re equipped with a naturally good process that can correct a naturally bad process –our good habits plus this built-in biological correction system don’t have the power to completely protect our teeth and gums.
Maintaining proper dental hygiene is powerful
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Even the best oral hygiene can’t compensate for a poor diet
Try to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, and calcium and lean protein.