What are Cavities?

Cavities are a common dental problem that occur when the bacteria in our mouth produce acids that dissolve the enamel of our teeth, leading to the formation of small holes or cavities.

Did you know that you can also pass on cavities? Yep, it seems completely wild when you think about it but many dentists don’t kiss their children on the mouth because cavities can be passed on by kissing and sharing items such as toothbrushes, tongue cleaners, straws and drinks.

Cavities are really not good for our dental health for several reasons:

  1. Tooth decay: If left untreated, cavities can lead to tooth decay, which is the destruction of the tooth structure. This can cause pain, sensitivity, and may eventually require more invasive dental treatments such as fillings, root canals, or even tooth extraction.
  2. Bad breath: Cavities can also contribute to bad breath, as the bacteria that cause cavities release unpleasant odors.
  3. Gum disease: Cavities can increase the risk of gum disease, as the bacteria that cause cavities can also cause inflammation and infection in the gums.
  4. Difficulty eating: Cavities can make it difficult to eat and enjoy certain foods, particularly if the cavity is located in a sensitive area of the mouth.
  5. Invasive procedures: Cavities cannot be left untreated so need urgent attention from the dentist which is not only costly but also can effect our overall health.

It’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing twice a day, as well as visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, in order to prevent cavities and maintain good dental health.

Make sure you are using a toothpaste that will help fight and prevent cavities. If you are using a natural toothpaste that does not contain fluoride what ingredient or ingredients does it contain that will prevent cavities?

Our Brightening Antioxidant Toothpaste does not contain fluoride, however, it does contain a high amount of antioxidants, flavenoids and anticaries that have been proven to help fight cavities, gum disease and tooth decay.

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