Through my own research I discovered early humans had very few cavities. This was probably before man learned to cultivate grain. Grain is acid as it is, but when gummy carbs stick to the teeth, bacteria pour out acids that begin eating them away.
‘Farmers growing grain had more cavities than the hunter-gatherers. But, eating animal products isn’t the answer. Avoiding all processed and refined foods is the better solution’ ~ your author
I keep my teeth sparkly clean reducing bacteria where it hides. I floss with the waxed and non-waxed string also water flossing. I also use a ‘proxibrush’, which look like little bottle brushes that clean between teeth.
You have to watch what you eat if you don’t want cavities. For example, if you eat a lot of sugary, sticky, gummy snack and junk foods, you are just asking for a mouth full of cavities.
You don’t want your mouth to be frequently flooded with sugars. Bacteria thrive on sugars and their waste products are acid which will eventually dissolve your teeth. If you keep the bacteria out and don’t give them what they love eating, look ma, no cavities!
‘When a tooth is exposed to acid frequently — for example, if you eat or drink often, especially foods or drinks containing sugar and starches — the repeated cycles of acid attacks cause the enamel to continue to lose minerals. A white spot may appear where minerals have been lost. This is a sign of early decay [1 nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/childrens-oral-health/tooth-decay-process]’.
A good anti-cavity strategy would be adopting a plant-based whole food diet. Avoid any food that sticks to your teeth like dates, jam, jelly, raisins and dried fruits. Eat sugar-free foods and no refined grain products like tortillas, cookies, chips and bread.
Obviously, you should cease drinking soda pop, fruit drinks and any other sugar laden drink. Beer, liquor and mixed drinks have huge sugar contents and are highly acid, which break down tooth enamel.
‘Good dental hygiene is essential. I brush my teeth, floss and use a waterpik® before bed and when I first get up in the morning’ ~ your author
If I am eating something acid and/or sugary, I always rinse my mouth out right after with warm water. Be careful brushing your teeth too soon, because brushing the already softened tooth enamel may damage it.
Best bet is to get gummy sugary and refined grains out of your house for good. Buy a soft bristle tooth-brush like I did. I searched and searched and couldn’t find an ‘adult’ one until I bought a child’s tooth-brush. It’s kind of tiny, but works great. All the grown up ones said they were soft, but they weren’t soft at all. More on taking care of teeth, here.
Source- 1 URL nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/childrens-oral-health/tooth-decay-process
Website Title National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Article Title The Tooth Decay Process: How to Reverse It and Avoid a Cavity
Date Accessed March 28, 2019
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.