Everything has been said about caries, you think now. One Google search and you know all about this plague. And yet almost everyone gets tooth decay in their lifetime. A vaccination against it does not exist so far. My name is Dr. Volker Storcks, I have been a dentist for more than 20 years and I would like to share with you a few more aspects on the subject that really matter from my point of view.
Myth no. 1: Enamel soft from birth
If you eat too much sweets, you will get caries, you say rightly. And yet there are people who eat a very sweet diet and get little or no tooth decay. How can it be? Apparently there are even more factors that influence the development of caries. For example, I have observed that these people often brush their teeth relatively well, but they are not even aware of it. From a scientific point of view, there are no soft teeth, the enamel is always equally hard, in each of us. So you can forget this excuse. At this point I refer only briefly to a major exception, which is increasing sharply among children: "chalk teeth" resp. Molar incisor hypomineralization, as the experts say. This disease is actually congenital and in various forms causes unripe enamel on the first permanent incisor (the 1s) and the first permanent molar (the 6s). To this day, it is still unclear how this comes about and is associated with a great deal of suffering among those affected.
Back to caries: This is always caused by acids, which produce bacteria that stick to our teeth as a coating. When these bacteria get sugar as food, they produce a lot of acid, which really dissolves the calcium out of the teeth. So this means that if you remove the bacterial plaque thoroughly every day, no acid can be produced, even if you eat sweets!