Cavities are a form of tooth decay, and they occur when bacteria causes acid production in the mouth. The bacteria and acid wear away and destroy both the tooth’s protective outer layer, enamel, and the underlying layer, dentin, resulting in holes in the tooth.
But what causes cavities? And more importantly, what can you do to prevent them?
Cavities are caused by many factors, including:
Skipping out on brushing and flossing twice per day.
Having issues with tooth enamel or crevices that can make it easier for plaque and bacteria to grow.
Consuming foods or beverages that are high in sugar, such as sweets, sodas, and carbs. These increase the production of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.
Eating or drinking highly acidic food or drinks, such as soda, that wear away protective tooth enamel and increase bacteria production in the mouth.
Conditions such as dry mouth characterized by low-saliva production.
To keep your mouth cavity-free, brush and floss twice a day, each day, and keep up with regular dental check-ups. Make sure you’re using fluoridated dental care products, and eating a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet free of processed, high-sugar, high-acid foods.
And if you’re experiencing painful toothaches, sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks, or pain when chewing, call the team at Gordon Dental of Leawood to schedule an appointment. These are common symptoms of cavities, and our team can help you get your teeth and gums back on track quickly and effectively.
Posted on behalf of Gordon Dental of Leawood