Tooth decay is one of the most pervasive dental health issues. It’s especiallly problematic in children, but adults can get cavities, too. We fill cavities every day at Crabtree Dental in Katy.
Blame it on Bacteria
The cause of tooth decay is bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and mingle with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can lead to 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, tooth decay can emerge. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria flourish.
So how do you prevent cavities? We recommend limiting sugary and starchy foods between meals, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting us at Crabtree Dental in Katy for regular check-ups and cleanings. We fill cavities, but are also big advocates of preventive dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!
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