Give your family a chance to be cavity free
Learn how cavities are formed.
When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates (sugars and starch), the bacteria in dental plaque digest these carbohydrates, producing sugar acids in the process.
These sugar acids start to demineralise the tooth enamel causing opaque, white spots to appear. In this stage, tooth decay can still be reversed with proper oral care at home and with help from your dental team.
If the previous stage is aggravated, demineralising continues to the point that it makes a hole in the tooth. From this point, the tooth can only be treated by a dentist.
If left untreated, the cavity can grow larger, reaching the root canal.
If the root canal is left untreated, the condition can evolve and form an abscess (plus accumulation in the root of the tooth).
Did you know that even fruits
and vegetables have sugar?
All different kinds of food and drinks contain hidden sugars that can be converted by bacteria into sugar acids that can cause cavities. You can have a look at some examples below; some you'll know but there are some others you may not!
Some examples of sugary foods
Wine, Beer or Spirits
Fizzy Drinks and Sports Drinks
White Bread or Cakes