What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is caused by the loss of tooth enamel, the hard, protective outer layer of your tooth. Plaque, a sticky substance consisting of bacteria, regularly forms a film over our teeth. When we eat or drink something that contains sugar or starch, the bacteria in plaque creates acid that wears away the enamel of our teeth. If our teeth are repeatedly exposed to this acid, they will begin to lose minerals, their enamel will be damaged, and a cavity will form.
Cavities affect people of all ages. Children often suffer from cavities, but adults can also get them, especially if they did not always have access to fluoride or if they already have other fillings. Fortunately, there are steps you can take at home to reduce your risk of tooth decay, and scheduling routine dental visits with Southern Dental Care can also help prevent and treat tooth decay.
How Can I Protect My Teeth?
By following these tips, you can minimize your chances of experiencing tooth decay and cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day using fluoride toothpaste. Do not eat or drink before bed if you have already brushed your teeth for the night.
- Floss between your teeth every day using proper flossing technique.
- Maintain a healthy diet that limits foods and drinks containing sugar, starch, or high acidity.
- Limit snacking between meals, which exposes your teeth to additional acid. Instead, allow your enamel to repair itself between meals with fluoride from water or supplemental sources or from the healthy minerals found in your saliva.
- Ask your dentist if you could benefit from using a fluoride mouthwash or using dental sealants on your teeth.
Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and mouth, it is still possible to develop tooth decay or cavities. You should always schedule regular examinations and cleanings with Southern Dental Care to help fight tooth decay in Marrero and the greater New Orleans area.
How Do You Treat Tooth Decay?
We offer Marrero tooth decay services that work to prevent and treat tooth decay. If you come in for an exam, we will remove plaque from your teeth, look for early signs of tooth decay, and offer to treat any cavities we find with inconspicuous tooth-colored fillings. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment with Southern Dental Care!