Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer the residue sticks to your teeth the greater the the chances of getting cavities.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digest sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.
Tips for cavity prevention include:
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing
- Watch what you drink
- Avoid sticky foods
- Make treats part of meals
- Choose nutritious snacks