As we already know, tooth cavities are not uncommon. However, with the right dental health know-how, you can help prevent them. It all starts with proper brushing, daily flossing, fluoride, and more.
What Causes Tooth Cavities
Cavities are pits or holes in the teeth resulting from acid attack. They generally start in the enamel, but can spread to the softer inner layer of the tooth. Tooth cavities are caused by decay that can occur when foods containing carbohydrates become trapped between teeth and are not completely removed with brushing and flossing. Bacteria living in the mouth digest these foods, generating acidic byproducts that can eat away at tooth enamel.
Prevent Tooth Cavities
Fluoride, which is found in most public drinking supplies, some mouth rinses, and toothpastes, can help prevent tooth cavities by slowing the breakdown of enamel and speeding up the remineralization process. Check with your dental professional to see if your drinking water is fluoridated. If it isn’t, they may recommend that you use high concentration fluoride treatments.
To help strengthen weak spots in tooth enamel, and help prevent the early stages of tooth decay, make sure you brush regularly with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit your dental office regularly for professional cleanings.
If you have any questions regarding tooth cavities or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our Prescott office today.