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How Sugar Causes Cavities and Destroys Your Teeth

Our bodies are full of bacteria, some good, some bad — and that includes the bacteria in your mouth, where the bad stuff thrives on sugar, forming acids that remove mineral from your tooth enamel and creating cavities. According to Authority Nutrition, the good news is that your saliva helps modulate this damage. The bad news is if you keep ingesting the sugar that stimulates the bad bacteria, you’re going to end up with a cavity — or two or more.

Many people often don’t worry about cavity prevention beyond brushing and flossing. Some may reason that drinking fluoridated water and seeing a dentist regularly, getting cavities filled as needed, is all they need for good dental health. But nothing could be further from the truth, beginning with that fluoride. Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride even though studies found fluoridation does not reduce cavities to a statistically significant degree in permanent or baby teeth.

And, when it comes to getting fillings, if your dentist is still putting amalgam fillings in your mouth, you may be shocked to learn that you are at risk for toxic mercury poisoning! The truth is anyone can potentially be harmed, including the 4 in 10 people with certain genetic variants making them especially vulnerable to long-term, low-level release of mercury from fillings.

The good news is you can help prevent cavities without fluoridated water and subsequent fillings by learning to do oil pulling, an effective mechanical method of cleansing your teeth and the smallest crevices along your molars that the bristles of your brush cannot reach. By swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes just once day, you can reduce bacterial growth in your mouth, strengthen your teeth and reduce inflammation in your gums — and keep those cavities away.
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