Tooth decay remains one of the most chronic childhood illnesses around the world. As it turns out, this problem may also follow individuals well into adulthood.
How can you lower your risk of getting a tooth cavity as well as your risk for serious tooth decay? Let's have a look at the cause first.
What Is Causing Your Cavity?
There is no doubt a link between tooth decay and sugary foods and drinks. While these foods and drinks are not solely responsible, they definitely play a role in the development of cavities.
After the consumption of a sugary treat, the sugar leaves a coating on the surface of the gums and teeth. If these are not cleaned away thoroughly, they attract the bacteria present in the mouth. When this happens, a chemical reaction occurs.
These bacteria feed on the sugar and produce acids that start eroding the tooth enamel.
If at any point you begin to experience toothache or sensitivity, or have any cause to suspect a cavity, you should contact us right away to schedule an appointment.
How to Prevent a Cavity
There are some simple things you can start doing today to reduce your risk of a cavity. These include:
- Limiting the sugary foods you consume to reduce the possibility of mouth bacteria feeding on leftover sugar
- Reducing snacks and eating full meals to stimulate saliva production
- Staying more hydrated so your mouth doesn't become dry; this also makes you more vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay
- Brushing twice and flossing once every day to prevent plaque buildup
Furthermore, scheduling a professional teeth cleaning twice a year will go a long way because there is a limit to how much plaque you can actually remove yourself with regular brushing and flossing. Some plaque buildup requires professionals tools.
For more information on cavities or your general dental health, schedule a visit or contact Dr. Norman and the team at 425-320-0979.