Caries Management – What Causes Cavities

Everyone should maintain a healthy diet and use proper oral hygiene to sustain their oral health. However, if you find yourself getting new cavities often, incorporating re-mineralizing and anti-bacterial agents into your daily oral health routine will help you prevent new cavities from forming.

The following is a list of steps to help you learn what causes cavities, strengthen your current teeth, re-mineralize small cavities, and prevent new cavities.

Healthy Diet

  • Avoid any sugary drinks (e.g. juice, pop, coffee). Water is best.
  • Drink water and brush after consuming desserts and other sweets to minimize their effect on your teeth.

Proper Oral Hygiene

  • Brush at least 2 times a day for a duration of 2 minutes each.
  • Floss at least once a day.

Mouth Rinses

  • Chlorohexadine – An antibacterial agent to kill cavity-causing bacteria. Your dentist will prescribe this for you as needed.
  • Fluoride Mouth Rinse – An antibacterial agent that also helps to strengthen teeth; available at any drug store or pharmacy. When shopping for mouth rinses, ensure fluoride is listed on the ingredient list.

MI Paste

Helps to reverse decalcification spots on the surface of your teeth. This is only available for purchase at your dentist’s office.