Cavities

Cavities are caused by foods with high amounts of sugar and acid left on teeth. Bacteria in the mouth digest the sugar and produce acid that destroys the tooth structure. Cavities are preventable with a healthy diet where sugar is eaten in moderation as well as good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing prevent cavities very easily.

Cavities are caused by foods with high amounts of sugar and acid left on teeth. Bacteria in the mouth digest the sugar and produce acid that destroys the tooth structure. Cavities are preventable with a healthy diet where sugar is eaten in moderation as well as good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing prevent cavities very easily.

Individuals with special needs have a high risk of cavities for many reasons. With the tips and tricks provided on this site, you can easily improve your loved one’s oral hygiene. The key is prevention, you want to prevent cavities from forming by improving their overall health and nutrition.

Here are some tips on prevention:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Practice good oral hygiene 
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods
  • Consider dental sealants, talk to the dentist about adding sealants to your clients teeth to prevent bacteria and sugar from getting into cracks and small surfaces of teeth
  •  Brush twice a day
  • Avoid sugary drinks and snacks

Cavities can be very painful and we want to make sure your loved ones never have to experience this pain! If you suspect your loved one has a cavity, contact your dentist right away. Symptoms would be pain while eating or drinking and sensitivity to hot and cold. If you notice black on your loved one’s teeth, do not panic as it could also be staining from certain foods and drinks. It is important to have a dentist look and figure out what it is and what caused it.