How did I get a cavity and what can I do to prevent it ?
How did I get a cavity?
Specific types of bacteria on your teeth would take in sugar that you eat or drink and convert the sugar into acids. The acids that are released would dissolve your teeth and make them weaker. As more minerals are dissolved away from your teeth, you would eventually get a hole, also called cavity. At this point, your teeth are decaying as the bacteria multiply and this process just gets repeated as the hole gets larger.
What can I do to prevent a cavity?
There are different stages of cavity depending on the progression of decay. Unfortunately, once the “hole” is formed, the only option you have is to drill away the bacteria inside your tooth and fill the hole with a filling. However, we can reverse the progress if you are still in the early stages of forming a cavity, this is called the demineralization stage.
Teeth are made up of mostly minerals. The acids released by bacteria causes your teeth to lose the minerals and making the teeth weaker. This process creates areas called the demineralization zones on your teeth. Fortunately, these areas can be remineralized again if it’s returned back to health by following the recommended protocols. Remember, these protocols do not make your existing cavities go away, they also do not make you immune to cavities. The caries prevention protocols simply lower your risk to getting more cavities by killing bacteria and making the teeth stronger.