Anonymous
Anonymous asked in HealthDental · 2 months ago

True/false: cavities are caused by not brushing, flossing and using a mouth wash?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Cavities are mainly caused by poor diet. The Standard American Diet (also known as SAD) is filled with added sugars, sweets, sodas, and other junk foods that damage enamel.

    Foods that are good for your teeth include strawberries, cranberries, tea, and leafy greens because they are rich in polyphenols which prevent plague from sticking to teeth.... Staying hydrated with purified water is also essential.

    Harmful ingredients in conventional toothpaste - You shouldn't use conventional toothpaste because of their toxic ingredients.....Triclosan - A pesticide that the FDA banned in soap, but still allows in toothpaste....Carrageenan - A thickening agent in toothpaste, studies have shown that it causes intestinal inflammation and could possibly lead to colon tumors.....Aspartame and Saccharin (Artificial Sweeteners) - They are linked to a host of problems from cancer to depression to memory loss.....Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Benzylparaben) - Mimic estrogen in the body and can lead to reproductive issues. 

    *Use a  Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste with added essential oils instead.

    Conventional Floss products contain PFAS which increase the risk for asthma, cancer, and thyroid disease. 

    *Use a natural floss brand that uses natural wax instead. 

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  • 2 months ago

    In a sense.  Cavities are caused by the bacteria that feed on the food stuck to our teeth. That bacteria grows, multiplies, and releases acidic waste products that slowly dissolve our teeth. Brushing removes the food that bacteria need thrive, so in a sense, cavities are caused by not brushing/flossing but there is another more direct cause.

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  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    New studies say false. What really matters to your body, brain and dental health is your diet.

    If it's high in sugars, bad for all 3.

    If it's very low in sugars, good for all 3.

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  • 2 months ago

    They're caused more by dietary factors, I think.

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  • Kyle
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    not that alone.  but it certainly doesn't help not brushing and caring for your teeth. 

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