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April 7, 2022 karafinTooth Decay


It’s Not Just Sweets

Well it’s not just sweets that can cause cavities. Cavities are caused by tiny little bacteria called Streptococcus mutans.
These bacteria live in our mouth all the time. There is essentially no way to get rid of them. They like to eat any fermentable carbohydrate. That is, any sugar from candy, sweets or soda, as well as crusty bread, crackers or chips; Even raisins or bananas.

Long After You Finish That Snack

Now, this isn’t happening just when we are in the act of eating. It’s all about oral clearance. (How long food sticks around in your mouth). Depending on how sticky a food is, the sugars from these foods can be feeding this bacteria for anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes after we’ve finished it. That soda may be completely out of your oral cavity 20 minutes after you drink it, but those gummy bears can stick in your teeth for 90 minutes or more. And as far as those crackers you keep going back to every 10 minutes? Your oral cavity is never completely clearing those as long as you keep snacking. This is why kids who sleep with a bottle of milk get tooth decay. Their teeth are constantly bathed in the sugar from the milk. Their mouth never gets a break to recover.

Why does this matter? While bacteria are feeding, they give off waste products. These are very acidic and lower the pH levels in your mouth. This is what eats away at your enamel and causes cavities. Our best defense against tooth decay is to minimize the length of time for this pH drop.

Why is anything bad in life always compared to a root canal?

Root canals get a bad rap. It could be because by the time someone needs one, they are usually already in pain. But whether you need one to ease your pain or prevent it, you are going to be very glad you had one.
At the center of every tooth is a nerve. This nerve is very important during the development and growth of the tooth. Once the tooth is fully grown and erupted, however, it doesn’t really do anything. People never really think about having nerves inside their teeth. That is, unless one of them starts to cause you pain. In that case you become very aware of them.

134642702The smile is one of a person’s most prominent facial features. Unfortunately, many patients aren’t completely satisfied with the state of their smile. While cosmetic blemishes are a common complaint when it comes to the smile, this is not the only problem that patients face. Persistent cases of bad breath leave many afraid to laugh, talk, or share an intimate moment with others. To help patients eliminate this fear and restore fresh breath, Dr. Scott Karafin offers bad breath treatment to his Rancho Santa Margarita patients. Restorative dentistry treatments that address oral health problems are often successful in the treatment of halitosis, but this is just one option that can be explored. Here we discuss the dental treatments that may help our patients get back a fresh, healthy smile.


Family dentist Scott Karafin in Rancho Santa Margarita can help you and your entire family to enjoy outstanding oral health. He offers comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services in a relaxing, friendly environment.

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