Tooth Decay And Prevention

Thursday 19th May 2016

Tooth decay can start with just that one cookie every night after brushing, a missed flossing or just that you are too lazy or skipped brushing when you are too sleepy after a crazy night out. Without noticing things can occur that cause food to stick to your teeth longer than it should. When food gets stuck there it starts to cause tooth decay.

What Causes Cavities

Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are permanently damaged areas of the hard surface of the teeth, which transform into small holes and openings. Cavities occur when sugars and starches from food are left on teeth for the bacteria in your mouth to digest and turn into acid. A combination of the bacteria, acid, saliva, and food debris forms plaque which sticks to the teeth, after which the acid from the plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth, creating cavities.

Prevention before Cure

Cavities are not a fun matter. They can cause a lot of pain while being treated, and in severe cases even necessitate the removal of the effected tooth. In order to avoid the whole process, the best thing to do is to develop really good dental hygiene habits.

You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing or use of the interdental cleaners should be done daily. Snacks between meals should be limited, and low in food with a lot of carbohydrates, such as candy and pastries. Finally, regular visit to a dentist for check-ups and cleanings should never be avoided.

If it's been a while since you have had your last check up, make sure to call your dentist and make an appointment. Preventing or catching cavities as they are just starting to form is the best way to treat your future self.