Cavities: Is It Sugar or Bacteria and Yeast?
For years, we have known that sugar is one of the primary culprits in developing tooth decay because the bacteria that sit on your teeth love to feed on sugar! Now, a new study indicates that yeast bacteria called Candida albicans may also be partially responsible.
The important thing to note here is that Candida albicans cannot bind to the bacteria on your teeth unless it is in a sugar-laden environment. More research needs to be done to determine how we can use this information for practical purposes; however, we do know that all three – sugar, bacteria, and yeast – work together to increase the risk for decay.