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article image10 surprising causes of dental cavities Special

By Tim Sandle     May 28, 2014 in Health
Dr. Steinberg, a leading U.S. dentist has contacted Digital Journal with 10 interesting and surprising, facts about dental cavities.
In dental terms, a cavity is an infection, bacterial in origin, that causes demineralization and destruction of the hard tissues of the teeth (enamel, dentin and cementum). Depending on the extent of tooth destruction, various treatments can be used to restore teeth to proper form, function, and aesthetics, but there is no known method to regenerate large amounts of tooth structure.
To find out more about the risk of cavities in more detail, the Digital Journal contacted one of the leading dentists in the U.S. Dr. Michael Steinberg. Dr. Steinberg is an expert in advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Steinberg has provided what he describes as: “ten surprising cavity causing culprits!” These are:
1.) Sinus: Many people who suffer from allergy problems take antihistamines. Taking antihistamines such as Benadryl, etc… increases your chance of developing cavities because these medications lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth increases your risk for redeveloping cavities.
2.) Allergies: Many people who suffer from Sinus take decongestants such as Sudafed, etc… which also causes dry mouth. Again, dry mouth increases your risk for developing cavities.
3.) Depression: People taking anti-depressants like Prozac, etc… are also at increased risk for cavity development. It turns out that the medications giving you your smile back may also be causing damage to your pearly whites! These medications lead to dry mouth which in turn can cause cavities.
4.) Anxiety: It turns out anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, etc… also lead to dry mouth. Again, dry mouth increases your risk for developing cavities.
5.) Vitamin water: We would think these drinks are healthy since they have the word “vitamin” in them, right? Wrong! Most of these drinks are very high in acid which causes tooth enamel break-down. Tooth enamel break-down leads to cavities.
6.) Sports drinks: Sports drinks can rehydrate you after a workout, but they also may also spell disaster for your teeth. Prolonged consumption of these types of beverages could lead to erosive tooth wear.
7.) Chewable vitamins: Very often these vitamins contain oligosaccharides which are fuel for bacteria. They are also very sticky in nature and therefore can stick to teeth much longer (also leading to cavity creation.)
8.) Bread/ Bananas/ Cereal/ Starchy foods: 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.
9.) Raisins & Other dried fruits: Sticky foods can wreak havoc on your teeth as the sugar and starches contained in them linger on the teeth much longer than non-sticky foods. This creates the perfect opportunity for cavity creation.
10.) Cough Syrup: Cough syrup and similar medications often contain sweeteners that fuel the germs that damage teeth and cause cavities.
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