Dr. Michael Schecter DDS
Cavities result from an acid/alkaline imbalance. Acid demineralises the tooth and creates cavities. This acid typically is produced by bacterium (Strep Mutans) which consume the sugars in our diet. It is important to appreciate that this includes all carbohydrates from simple sugar to complex grains.
Obviously, simple sugar is worse, but any form of sugar creates an acidic attack on the teeth.
In order to buffer (in other words protect us from) acids, saliva should have a PH of over 7. Cavities form when there is an imbalance between the alkalinity in our saliva and the acidity in our mouths.
There are several factors which influence our capability to buffer acid in the mouth.
The alkalinity of our saliva is dictated by the overall pH of our system. If our overall system is acidic or inflamed then our salvia will be more acidic as well.
This will reduce the effectiveness of the saliva which will throw the balance off and lead to decay.
If we are continuously attacking our teeth with acid, our saliva will never have a chance to catch up. Regular snacking, highly acidic foods and acidic beverages can wreak havoc on our teeth. It is far better to take all the sugar snacks in the week and eat them in one sitting vs. eating them slowly throughout the week.
It is also far better to have a shot of espresso than sip on a coffee throughout the morning.
Tooth decay truly comes down to host susceptibility and bacterial load. In laymen’s terms it means how much harmful bacteria you have in your mouth and how susceptible (acidic imbalance) is your system. If you are susceptible (acidic), imbalanced, or if you have a severe amount of bacteria, you are more likely to develop decay.
It is important to keep in mind that these bacteria are contagious. It can be transferred through a shared utensil or a simple kiss.
Our products can help to neutralize the bacteria. However, it is even more important to have a strong host.
TIPS TO HELP PREVENT DECAY:
Minimize sugar intake
Maintain an alkaline diet
Ensure that your stomach pH and intestinal pH are ideal
Manage acidic attacks in the mouth
Maintain proper oral hygiene protocols
See your dentist regularly
Balance your systemic hygiene