Cavities: Three Factors To Fear
Hello and welcome to another edition of the Clearwater Dental Associates blog!
Around here, we know that so much is riding on the health and appearance of your smile.
After all, a healthy (and complete) set of teeth is essential for eating a balanced, fiber-rich diet. And a gorgeous grin is a great confidence booster that could translate into increased success at work and at play.
That’s why, as dentists, tooth decay has always been something that gives us pause.
And if you take your oral health seriously, it will give you pause as well.
Brushing your teeth twice a day combined with flossing and rinsing with fluoride is a great strategy for keeping cavities at bay.
But to better defend yourself against tooth decay, it helps to know the causes behind it.
Keep reading to see the top 3 inter-connected causes of cavities, and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment in our Clearwater, FL office!
1. Oral Bacteria
The cavity-causing bacteria called dental caries usually sets up shop in your mouth when you are still a young child. A regular home hygiene routine, a healthy diet, and regular visits to the dentist should help you to contain it.
Sugar doesn’t actually cause cavities. That is a myth. However, that dangerous bacteria we just spoke of actually feeds on sugar, converting it into an acid that is extremely corrosive to your tooth enamel. So, that is why there is a connection.
Tooth decay begins as this acid eats away at your enamel. At first it causes a cavity but it will continue to cause problems until it is dealt with. Watch the sugar if you don’t want to deal with fillings, root canals, and extractions!
Food acid is the third factor. Food that has a high acid content will weaken your enamel, making it all the more easy for the dental caries and sugar to destroy your smile.
Together We Can Save Your Smile
We hope that you have been sufficiently scared by today’s post! Just kidding!
The thing to keep in mind is that if you are diligent about your home hygiene practices (brushing, flossing, rinsing, and so forth) and come to see us every 3-6 months for a thorough exam and cleaning, there won’t be much for you to worry about.
And if we should ever see any signs of decay, we can act swiftly while conservative treatments can still be employed. By staying on top of things now, it will save you pain and expense down the road.
As an extra form of protection, we can provide you with dental sealants or fluoride treatments when you come in for your next regular appointment.
One way or another, we’ll keep you smiling.
Get Started Now!
To take the next step towards a healthier, better-looking smile, contact the Clearwater Dental Associates team today to schedule your preventive dentistry checkup in Clearwater, Florida!
You’ll be glad that you did!