Cavity prevention starts at home. Regular care of the teeth coupled with a healthy diet are essential in warding off decay of your pearly whites. Cavities result from tooth decay that is inflicted by bacteria attacking the enamel of the teeth. Even those who are prone to developing cavities can find hope in knowing that the issue of dental cavities is largely preventable. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Bacteria naturally live within every mouth. They are essential for breaking down food particles that are left behind in the teeth after eating. When you eat foods that are high in sugar content and do not clean the teeth shortly after, these bacteria congregate on the teeth and thrive in this sugar-laden environment. As the bacteria feed on the sugars left in the mouth, they produce damaging acids. When these acids combine with the bacteria, they form the sticky film on the teeth known as plaque. Once plaque forms, the acids begin their destructive work creating tiny holes in the tooth enamel. Once these tiny holes are created, acids and bacteria are able to seep inside the teeth and attack the inner structures. At this point, the tooth has formed what is known as a dental cavity, and if it is not treated the decay will cause the tooth to be beyond repair.
But remember, cavity prevention starts at home, and it is something that you can control. Consistency in your oral care goes a long way toward helping your teeth to avoid cavities. This includes brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing the teeth at least once a day. It is important that you do not skip either of these important steps. While brushing the teeth helps to remove plaque that forms on the outer surfaces of the teeth, only floss can reach the tight spaces between the teeth and remove plaque that is hidden there. It is also recommended that you brush your teeth following a meal. However, if this is not doable for you, simply rinsing the mouth with water and spitting out the water can help to rid the mouth of food particles and prevent excess bacteria from invading the mouth. It is also important to avoid frequent snacking and drinks other than water to prevent your teeth from constant assault from bacteria and acids.
At Siena Dental, we are committed to cavity prevention. We are here to educate patients on proper oral health care so that they can take the necessary steps to promote healthy teeth. Contact our dental practice today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Dave Mahon, Siena Dental
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