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6 Surprising Things that can Cause Cavities

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We all know the importance of brushing and flossing our teeth. But there are things that can lead to cavities that you may never have thought of. Matthew Steinberg, D.D.S., gives us the low down on what could be causing your decays.

Dry Mouth
If you have ever taken an antihistamine, decongestant, anti-depressant or anxiety medication you could have upped your chances of developing cavities. One of the side effects of these medications can be dry mouth. Without sufficient saliva you are at an increased risk for tooth decay. When taking these meds try to drink lots of water, practice good oral hygiene, and avoid salty foods and mouth rinses that contain alcohol and of course consult your physician.

Enhanced H2O
We love to hear that we can get our vitamins by just downing a little flavored beverage. But many of these nutrient filled waters are also high in acid, which is a no no for your enamel. If your tooth enamel breaks down you can develop cavities because you could have exposed the roots and nerves located in your teeth. After consuming these drinks rinse with water to neutralize the acids, and consume them quickly with a straw.

Sports drinks
Although they can rehydrate you after a workout, they also may spell disaster for your teeth. Prolonged consumption of these types of beverages could lead to erosive tooth wear. Brush with a soft toothbrush and be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride.

Chewable vitamins
They often contain oligosaccharides which are fuel for bacteria. Oligosaccharides are carbohydrates which is its most basic form is sugar. Chewy vitamins are often times very sticky in nature and therefore can stick to teeth much longer which also leads to cavity creation.

Starch
You may love your bread, bananas, cereal but new research shows that some starches may actually be harder on your teeth than the sugar found in candy! That’s because starches dissolve much more slowly than sugar, which means it will hang around your mouth longer giving cavities more time to form.

Dried fruits
Basically this is similar to the two above. They are sticky and yet still a good snack. Because gummy foods such as these linger longer on your teeth they do tend create the perfect opportunity for decay to be created. Please brush after consuming and flossing is a must.

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