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Cavities are extremely common, but their cause and nature remains a mystery for many patients. If you are wondering about how you can protect your smile, we are here to offer answers to important questions about cavities.

Why and how do cavities form?
Cavities, which are small holes in the teeth caused by tooth decay, form when harmful acids eat away at the protective tooth enamel and cause it to break down. Eventually, the holes that form can lead to the root.

What are the best ways to remove cavity-causing acids?
The standard care for cavity prevention continues to be daily brushing and flossing. You can boost your oral care routine by using a mouthwash to rinse out any lingering acid after each meal. Chewing sugarless gum is another great idea because it increases saliva production that and neutralizes the acid in your mouth.

Can certain food increase my risk of cavities?
Yes, carbs and sugary food are common culprits of cavities. The sugar found in these foods becomes converted into cavity-causing acid by the bacteria in your mouth. Hard and sticky food high in sugar are especially dangerous to your dental health because they stick to your smile and are not easy to remove, leading to prolonged exposure.

Dr. Andrew Atwood and our team at Double Take Dental are pleased to be your resource for dental information, and we welcome any and all questions about cavities in Orem, Utah. Call 801-225-1002 today if you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist for more information.