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What are the most common foods that cause cavities?

Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and after many such attacks, the enamel can break down and a cavity forms.

You can prevent cavities by brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once daily to remove plaque and acid. Be sure to also visit your dentist regularly.
Foods and drinks that contain sugars or carbohydrates cause cavities because they supply nutrients for plaque bacteria to produce acid.

Foods such as chips and candy can easily get stuck in the grooves of your teeth. You should try to avoid these and other sticky foods to prevent plaque buildup. Other foods that contain simple sugars or any carbohydrates are higher risk foods because they supply nutrients for bacteria to produce acid. You should always remember to brush after eating foods like these so that the sugar doesn't sit on top of plaque.

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