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Sunday November 30th, 2014

Posted at 3:00pm

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Guest Article By Dr. Peter Siedlakowski

Dental Caries, “cavities” are formed by oral bacteria. The most common bacteria implicated in it’s development is Lactobacilli and Streptococcusmutan.

These bacteria take refuge within the environment of teeth and consume the sugars (carbohydrates) in our diet. The byproduct of this sugar consumption by bacteria is a type of acid known as a metabolic byproduct.

In the early stages saliva along with food particles, bacteria and acid combine to form plaque. In later stages the acid produced by bacteria eats away the surface of teeth creating a “cavity”.

At this point, the only solution to the problem is to see a Dentist to have the cavity removed and filled with a filling material.

This is why it is crucial to remove the plaque that forms on teeth by practicing good oral hygiene, so brush twice a day! And keep the cavities away!

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