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Could soda be the cause of my cavities?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

The last couple of years I've been having at least one cavity when I go to the dentist. The last cleaning I went for, the technician told me that I had decalcification from when I had my braces and also pre-cavities. She said I do a really good job of my upkeep and I had no plaque or tartar build up. She said that with the decalcification and pre-cavities that I'm very prone to cavities and the littlest thing can make one break out. Since then I started using pronamel and using act mouthwash with flouride and continue to brush my teeth really good every morning and night, but since my last cleaning which was a couple of weeks ago, I've had a broken tooth and now I think I have another cavity. I do have a problem with drinking soda, so could that be the reason why I'm still getting cavities? And is there anything else I can do to prevent cavities besides the pronamel and flouride mouthwash?

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on June 17, 2013
at 06:47 AM

You also might want to look into BLIS K12/M18.

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on June 17, 2013
at 02:12 AM

This is tougher than most self-experiments. Most people only find out about cavities when they see a dentist twice a year, and even then future cavities could have begun while drinking soda, but taken a while to grow enough to be noticed.

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on June 16, 2013
at 03:03 PM

Seriously, I hope they are kidding. I'm guessing this is a troll or a very *simple* person. Although, I wouldn't suggest they dump the fluoride at this point - it's a potent medicine with side effects, but it sounds like she actually needs it at this point (maybe the first person I've come across that does!).

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on June 16, 2013
at 04:45 PM

Former dental professional here... YES soda can absolutely be your problem here. Beyond just the sugar the acids are really harsh on the teeth. I, too, am very cavity prone due to all the restorations I already have in my mouth (every single tooth, thanks WV parents for the lack of dental care or hygeine until I was old enough to buy my own toothbrush).

My suggestions:
Eliminate/cut back on the soda.
Do keep brushing at least 2x a day. If you do consume soda, do not brush within 30 minutes of consumption.
Keep it up with the topical fluoride treatments. Topical fluoride, used therapeutically, is a very different beast than ingested fluoride used willy-nilly. In fact, ask your dentist/hygienist for a fluoride varnish at your next visit.
Since you mention you had braces, I wonder what kind of retainers you use. If you have the clear plastic aligner kind, you can use them for home fluoride treatments. I have a prescription fluoride toothpaste that I use a couple of times a week. I brush normally with it at night, then spit and do not rinse. I pop my clear retainers in and it holds the fluoride against the teeth overnight to give it a chance to really soak into the teeth. Much more effective than ingesting fluoride and less toxicity.
Look into oil pulling. Basically, putting oil in the mouth and swishing it around for at least twenty minutes or so. There's a lot of threads on it here.

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on June 16, 2013
at 12:47 PM

You're kidding right? Carbonic Acid, Phosphoric Acid, and Citric Acid?? Soda is one of the worst things for the body on the planet. And, dump the fluoride. Next to statin drugs, it's the worst medical-health scam in history. There are a ton of better toothpastes out there...Auromere being one. -Billy

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on June 16, 2013
at 03:03 PM

Seriously, I hope they are kidding. I'm guessing this is a troll or a very *simple* person. Although, I wouldn't suggest they dump the fluoride at this point - it's a potent medicine with side effects, but it sounds like she actually needs it at this point (maybe the first person I've come across that does!).

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on June 16, 2013
at 03:30 PM

Stop drinking the soda and you will possibly find out. I know that seems like an obvious response and not much of an answer, but yes, anything with sugar can cause cavaties, among other properties in soda that breaks down tooth enamel.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 17, 2013
at 02:12 AM

This is tougher than most self-experiments. Most people only find out about cavities when they see a dentist twice a year, and even then future cavities could have begun while drinking soda, but taken a while to grow enough to be noticed.

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 16, 2013
at 03:07 PM

Yes. Even without the sugar, soda is highly acidic and will wear away your tooth enamel.

There is definitely strong epidemiological evidence that fluoride prevents cavities. I would say to at least keep using fluoride for the time being, so it's easier to tell whether drinking less soda is helping.

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on June 17, 2013
at 06:41 AM

I used to drink a lot of soda (2-3 cans a day) and brushed my teeth maybe once a day. I did this for about 20 years, and I've never had a single cavity. I've heard that some people are more prone to them by having a drier mouth or a different flora.

I don't think the soda itself is the problem, so much as plaque and bacteria that eat holes into your teeth (staph. mutans), and your particular level of saliva. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remineralisation_of_teeth#Tooth_decay_process)

Maybe look into oil pulling (I've heard good things on here.) I'm not a fan of fluoride, but having never had a cavity and being a skeptic of the research, I feel like I can afford to avoid it. Right now, I'm using NovaMin (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3422065/) and everything is looking strong and white.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on June 17, 2013
at 06:47 AM

You also might want to look into BLIS K12/M18.

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