Dental Treatment

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay (cavities) is a destruction of the tooth enamel. It occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, fizzy drinks, cakes or sweets are frequently left on the teeth.

Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

The teeth have a moderate ability to repair tooth enamel by remineralizing the affected enamel with minerals from saliva.

What Can You Do To Reduce Your Chances of Getting Cavities?

  • Good oral hygiene significantly reduce your risk of getting cavities. Brushing removes bacteria as well as the food debris bacteria feed on. When brushing it is crucial to brush all tooth surfaces which takes at least 2-3 minutes.

  • Flossing everyday is crucial to preventing cavities. Remember brushing without flossing is like taking a shower and only washing two thirds of your body. The remaining third still remains dirty!

  • Watch the Timing of Snacks - The timing of your snacks is VERY Important to preventing decay. Frequent snacks lead to a constant acid attack and provide less time for tooth repair.

  • Use Fluoride to Prevent Cavities and tooth repair.

With proper oral hygiene and attention to what we eat and when we eat, cavities can be virtually eliminated.

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