Causes of Cavities - Southern Dental Care

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Being diagnosed with a cavity is never fun. No matter the cause of cavities, finding out you have them means having to go back to the dentist’s office for a filling. If you’ve got a cavity, you don’t need to worry: Southern Dental Care offers cavity treatment in a convenient, stress-free environment. Cavity tooth-colored fillings are often covered by insurance, and the procedure of drilling and filling is fast. But to avoid having to come back to the dentist several times a year, there are several strategies we recommend to prevent cavities.

Common Causes of Cavities

Your Age — In the United States, cavities are much more common in younger teens and children as well as older adults. Time lapses can cause teeth to wear down and gums to recede. This puts any tooth at more risk of root decay and cavity development.

Too Much Snacking — Regular snacking is great, but snacking on the wrong foods or sipping sugary drinks is not good for your teeth. These snacks and beverages cause bacteria buildup and acid imbalances that attack and decay teeth. To avoid snack time cavities, steer clear of sugary sodas and other acidic snacks or drinks. Also cut back on flavored milks, ice cream, honey, sugary treats, dried fruit, cake, cookies, and hard candy. These foods cling to your teeth and don’t wash away as easily as healthier foods. Regular meals are better for your dental health.

Eating Disorders — Severely restrictive disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, lead to tooth erosion and cavities. People who have these serious illnesses often ruin their teeth through stomach acid exposure in the mouth. It washes over the teeth and can dissolve enamel. Eating disorders can also lead to dry mouth, which is a known cause of cavities.

Poor Dental Hygiene — Bad brushing, lack of fluoride, and failure to floss can all lead to tooth decay and enamel damage. To ensure bad dental hygiene is not a cause of cavities, be sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes soon after eating or drinking. Also make sure your toothpaste and mouthwash products have adequate amounts of fluoride. Don’t forget to floss!

Why Are Cavities Such a Bad Thing?

Since the causes of cavities are so common and everyday, many people might not take them seriously. Also, because they happen to younger children more frequently, parents might not see the need to treat a cavity if it occurs on a baby tooth. Make no mistake: if left untreated, cavities can have serious complications for the long term. These complications include pain, tooth abscess, swelling or pus around a tooth, tooth damage and breakage, chewing difficulty, and tooth positioning shifts. When these issues are severe, a patient can experience pain that interferes with day-to-day living, weight loss from not being able to comfortably eat, and tooth loss.

How Can I Prevent a Cavity?

Since any form of tooth decay is more serious than we normally think, there is more you can do to prevent it other than just knowing the causes of cavities. Here are a few simple tips for prevention:

  • Rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash
  • Use a fluoride-fortified toothpaste
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Drink tap water or water with added fluoride
  • Eat tooth-friendly meals
  • Try oral antibacterial treatments (ask us!)
  • Visit Southern Dental Care regularly

More About Southern Dental Care

Southern Dental Care is located on the Westbank of New Orleans in Marrero, Louisiana. We’re committed to providing patients in St. Bernard Parish, Jefferson Parish, and Orleans Parish with quality, stress-free dental care. Contact us today and learn more about our services.

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