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In order to prevent getting a cavity, it is important to understand what they are, how they form, and the steps you can take to stop them from happening.

Tooth enamel is the hard outer layer of your tooth, and it protects an inner pulp of your tooth (this is where most of your nerve endings are in your tooth). Cavities are holes that form through the erosion of the tooth enamel.

If there is acid in your mouth, your enamel is at risk of eroding. Acidic foods and drinks can deliver acid to your mouth. Additionally, the acids could be a byproduct of the bacteria living in in your mouth. These bacteria feast on sugars, then produce acids. This is why Dr. Sonney L Chong advises you to limit your consumption of sugary foods. It isn’t the sugar itself that destroys your teeth–it’s the acids from the bacteria.

Unfortunately for some, the practical application of this understanding is still that you need to limit your sugars. In fact, it means you should additionally limit your acidic foods! If you choose to partake of these treats occasionally, be sure to accompany them with a large glass of plain water.

For more information, call Sonney Chong DMD in Sacramento, California, at 916-421-3057. Dr. Sonney L Chong and our team look forward to making your smile shine!