What are cavities?
Cavities are holes in the tooth which is a result from acid attack. This process gradually starts in the enamel and can possibly spread to the softer inner layer of the tooth. Decay is caused by food that has been trapped in between the teeth. Specifically foods that contain carbohydrates are digested by the bacteria living in the moth. The bacteria generates acidic byproducts that can eat away at the enamel.
How can you prevent this?
Fluoride can help prevent the process of a cavity from occuring by slowing down the breakdown of the enamel and speed up the remineralization process. Another way to help strengthen your enamel is to brush and floss daily with products that include fluoride.
By Dr. Ken Hamin