what are cavities rockville md dentist explainsWhat are cavities?

Also known as decay, it is the destruction of tooth tissues, above and below the gum line. The disease has acidic destruction, which occurs within 7 minutes of eating and drinking. That’s it. CDC reports that 90% of U.S. adults have had at least one cavity.


There are over 700 species of bacteria (also called germs) that contribute to cavities. They grow at the rate of 20 billion per hour. The bacteria secrete a chemical called lactic acid that eats holes through your teeth. Also, a chemical called endotoxin is secreted that irritates your gums, face and body. As published in Dr. Kravitz’ book, Dirty Mouth, it takes only 7 minutes.


Brushing your teeth twice a day DOES NOT prevent cavities. Taking all sugars out of your diet DOES NOT prevent cavities.

Why is it dangerous to your mouth?

Cavities can cause your gums to shrink, bone loss, teeth to shift, open gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, loose teeth, pain, hot/cold sensitivity, bad breath, speech problems, mouth infections and tooth loss. The cavities can form around any natural tooth surface including: fillings, inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns bridges and root canals. Cavities are contagious between people with close contact such as sharing food, drink and kissing.

Why is it dangerous to your body?
  • Cracks can leak the dangerous bacteria through your bloodstream and lead to…
  • 75% increased chance of heart attack
  • 63% increased chance of pancreatic cancer
  • 50% increased chance of stroke
  • Causes diabetes, respiratory diseases that affect breathing, causes loss of vision, toes, sinus problems, and feeling exhausted
    causes beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
What can be done to treat cavities?

Implement the home care instructions written by Dr. Kravitz. Follow the 7 Minute Window and Dirty Mouth. Receive detailed cleanings with a registered dental hygienist. More extensive cavities can be treated with fillings, inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures, extraction and dental implants.

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Be well and healthy!

Dr. Joe Kravitz, DDS, MS
Dentist, Prosthodontist, Author, Researcher
Rockville, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC