Americans spend 21 billion dollars a year on candy and 33% of Americans have untreated tooth decay.
Candy + Bacteria=> Acid that creates cavities
Acid is what eventually breaks down your teeth causing cavities. Cavities are small holes in your teeth that need to be filled in order to stop decay.
A cavity forms when the tooth decay breaks through the enamel to the underlying layers of the tooth.
What are 4 Ways to Prevent Cavities:
- Eat sugar less often.
- The chewier the candy the more likely it will stick to your teeth and eventually cause cavities.
- Reduce bacteria by flossing, brushing and scraping your tongue.
- Use fluorides to help strengthen teeth. The stronger your teeth become, the more resistant they are to acids.
How do I treat a cavity?
The only way to treat cavities is by going to the dentist. Once the cavity has been filled the tooth decay stops.
The most important step in preventing is keeping your dental appointments close together to catch cavities while they are still small.