Dentist Be Damned! - What Your Dentist Doesn't Want You To Know!

by Nandkishore Deopersad Consultant

Since we were young, we have been repeatedly bombarded by the misconception that sugar causes cavities. What most people don’t know is that’s only half the truth.

Most people assume that teeth cavities just occur out of the blue and there’s nothing they can do about it.

Theoretically, it is possible to consume excess amounts of sugar without suffering from cavities as a consequence. Now we need to understand how sugar causes cavities indirectly. Cavity-causing bacteria (known as Streptococcus Mutans) utilizes sugar as an energy source, in order to multiply. Like atomic particles, its numbers grow exponentially and this can happen in a short period of time. What complicates matters is that these cavity-causing bacteria release acid as a byproduct. So when there’s a huge colony of bacteria releasing excess acid; this causes demineralization of your teeth. Demineralization is the process which weakens enamel, due to a loss of essential molecules in your enamel’s structure. When this occurs for an extended period of time, your teeth will start to suffer from decay as cavity-causing bacteria now starts colonizing in the affected area, releasing acid again and again.

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If no countermeasures are taken, the cavity can deepen to the 2nd layer of the tooth called the dentine. Then, after some time, it will penetrate through it and infect the pulp of the tooth. What happens? You will need the dreaded root canal treatment which isn’t just painful, it will also cost you thousands of dollars. The best way to counter it is through remineralization – the natural process by which the enamel strengthens and ‘repairs’ itself.

Those who visit the dentist frequently might have heard of ‘remineralizing gel’, which is often upsold by dentists. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, the ultimate goal is to let your teeth remineralize more than to be demineralized. It’s sort of like math, you need a ‘net remineralization’ at the end of the day. However, even if you purchase expensive remineralization gel products and take steps to remineralize your teeth, your teeth can still suffer at the end of the day, if you don’t possess the right knowledge. Forget about those videos you find on Youtube. Forget about the tips you will find online. They are inadequate and most of them are false, or worse yet, harmful to your oral health. 

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About Nandkishore Deopersad Magnate I   Consultant

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