Does it feel like you belong to the “Cavity Of The Year Club”? Every check-up finds a new cavity or two? I see patients who are trying hard with their brushing and flossing, but become discouraged. They just can’t seem to prevent new cavities from occurring. New research is pointing towards a factor that may be causing the problem: pH.
We measure of how acid or alkaline a solution with a pH measurement. For example, the bacteria in our mouths give off an acid when they metabolize sugar, and this makes the mouth more acidic, or low pH. Most soda drinks are very acidic and have a low pH. On the other hand, baking soda is alkaline and has a high pH. Water is neutral and is neither high or low pH.
The bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease thrive in a low pH environment. If the mouth is changed to a high pH, alkaline environment, the amount of bacteria that cause cavities will diminish, and the teeth and gums will stay healthy.
We have seen wonderful results with patients when they get started on a program using toothpastes and mouth rinses that raise the pH in the mouth from acid to alkaline. The cease suffering tooth cavities and their gum health improves significantly.
If you want to quit the “club”, ask us what we can do to help improve your brushing and flossing regimen to improve your overall dental health and ensure a healthy smile for life!