Asking yourself how to prevent tooth decay? You are already ahead of the masses. Taking an interest in your oral health is the first step to a lifetime of happiness and sparkling teeth that are the envy of all.
One of the most common problems that plagues most of us is tooth decay. In fact, it is what causes a cavity! So what is tooth decay, anyway?
Throughout the day, hundreds of types of bacteria travel around in our teeth, our gums, our tongue and other places in our mouths. Some of the bacteria are good. They aid in our digestion and create a defense system against harmful bacteria.
Others are harmful and help initiate tooth decay. Certain types of bacteria use sugar from food to make acid. Sometimes there is an infection with the bacteria during the acid making process. If the acid is not washed away, it can start to make a hole in the tooth or a cavity.
There is a constant battle in your mouth between bacteria and sugars making acid on our teeth. Acid corrodes the surface of our teeth, wearing away the enamel. The enamel is important to protect because in protects us! Fluoride and saliva naturally step in to help the enamel rebuild itself.
If there is too much acid in the mouth, it can get too difficult to keep naturally repairing the enamel. When this happens, we need to help out our mouths!
Gables Sedation Family Dentistry is your go-to Florida dental team. From check-ups to teeth whitening, we have all of your needs covered. Give us a call or come visit us today.