Let's get clear what causes cavities, what they are, and what they lead to.Official scientific term for cavities: DENTAL CARIES
AN INFECTIOUS, COMMUNICABLE, MULTIFACTORIAL DISEASE ...
Nasty tooth decay bacteria can infect our teeth!
From adults to babies & toddlers
challenges Grooves & pits
... In Which BACTERIA DISSOLVE THE ENAMEL SURFACE OF A TOOTH.
In their review of the fundamentals of tooth decay, CDC cited a paper titled "Prevention and reversal of dental caries: role of low level fluoride." Written by the dean of one of the leading schools of dentistry in the country and published in a key journal in the field, Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology ...
In that paper ...
Photo by Eneas De Troya from Mexico City
Certain of the bacteria in dental plaque ... produce acids when they metabolize fermentable carbohydrates. These acids ... can dissolve the calcium phosphate mineral of the tooth enamel or dentin. If this process is not halted or reversed, the carious lesion progresses, eventually leading to a cavity. Any fermentable carbohydrate such as glucose, sucrose, fructose, or cooked starch, can be metabolized by these bacteria....
Let's break that down ...
Certain of the ...
bacteria in dental plaque
Germs on your teeth
Acid from bacteria eats away at the mineral in your hard enamel first ...
then goes to work on the mineral in your softer dentin
Uh, Dr. Featherstone and CDC are much too polite to lay out what's really going on here with S. mutans, but we're not afraid to say it ...
This little bacterial f*%ker basically mooches off the food you were eating.And then it POOPS out ACID. ONTO your teeth. Destroying your poor pearly whites in the process. Worst. Roommate. Ever. But wait. It gets worse ... Here are things CDC says can happen if bacteria and cavities go unchecked:
Loss of tooth structure
Photo by D. Rosenbach
Cavity drilled out and ready to fill ...
What do you think? How much of that tooth is lost? A fifth? A fifth of the crown of this tooth is GONE
Infection of the pulp
Infection & death leads to a ROOT CANAL
- More ouch!
- More loss of tooth structure:
DRILLED DOWN TO A NUB & CAPPED
- Pulpal necrosis
Loss of dental function
We don't go for a whole lot of stock photography here at Fluoride Exposed, but we couldn't resist making the $8 purchase for this cheeky lady's photo.
Loss of dental function? Loss of dental function, indeed!
Acute systemic infection
infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the heart & brain