Tooth decay is one of the most widespread childhood issues, but it also affects adults. At Cornwall Dental Arts we are focused on the dental health of all our patients, and help them fight tooth decay.
Blame it on Bacteria
The cause of tooth decay is bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to erode the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often cause the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.
Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed throughout the day, dental caries can emerge. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria thrive.
To help prevent dental caries, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting us for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.
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