Tooth decay is the damage of the tooth structure and can affect both the enamel and the dentin layer of the tooth. It is caused by the microbes present in the foods and drinks that we consume. It builds up plaque and eventually wears down the tooth’s enamel, causing cavities.
Tooth decay is an infectious disease and one in four adults have cavities. The following are four things that people can do to avoid cavities:
Knowing the cavity risk level is the first step to take to control your oral health. A comprehensive dental examination is the best way to determine this. It is also essential to know which changes in oral hygiene and diet can help prevent cavities.
Knowing your cavity risk level also determines how often dental visits are necessary. It will help you take a more distinct and effective approach to improve your oral health.
Brushing is one of the effective ways to prevent cavities, which must be done twice a day. Brushing before bed is important because allowing the bacteria to linger on your teeth overnight ultimately leads to a cavity.
Flossing is important as brushing only cleans about half of your teeth' surface. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and plaque where toothbrushes can't clean.
Increased exposure of teeth to acidic coffee or tea, blended with added sugar can increase your risk for new cavities. It is important to properly rinse your teeth with water once having sugary or acidic drinks.
Harmful sugar stays in your saliva for a long period. So it is advisable to drink some water along with such drinks to protect saliva from becoming too sugary.
Smoking supports the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar leading to tooth cavities. It can disturb your gum tissue, prompting it to fall from your teeth. Once it recedes, your teeth's roots become uncovered, creating an increased risk of tooth decay. Sensitive roots are also more susceptible to hot and cold foods, making eating and drinking uncomfortable.
G. Larry Leonakis, DDS provides regular checkups, treatments, and provides the patients with the information to make their best decisions. Visit us at 371 S Roop St, Carson City, NV 89701, contact us at (775) 882-0635 or visit our website https://www.drlarrydds.com for further information.