Posts for: August, 2016
Brushing before going to sleep every night can help prevent cavities. To start let's talk about how cavities form. Bacteria that live in all our mouths and on our teeth eat the same sugars we eat, including sweets and other carbohydrates like breads and pastas. After consuming these sugars, the bacteria, called Streptococcus Mutans, produce an acidic byproduct that erodes the enamel in our teeth causing a cavity. During the day and especially while eating a meal, our bodies produce saliva to aid in digestion. This saliva is also our bodies top defense against cavity causing bacteria. Saliva contains proteins and minerals which help combat the acid byproduct that causes cavities and aids in washing away food particles that get stuck on our teeth. Unfortunately, at night our body stops producing saliva at the same rate as during the day and puts our teeth at risk for decay. That means it is extra important to get rid of any food remnants in our mouths before bedtime, a time when our mouth isn't protected by our saliva and can easily become an acidic environment, an environment cavities love. So make sure you brush before bed!