Tooth decay is becoming a more common problem, and if you do not properly care for your teeth, you may be surprised to find you have dental caries at your next appointment. Tooth decay is considered the breakdown and destruction of the enamel on the teeth. If you think you may have cavities, it is important to see your dentist right away to address the problem and prevent further decay.
Tooth decay happens easily if your teeth are not cared for properly. Foods that contain carbohydrates are primarily responsible for the beginning of tooth decay. Foods such as soda, bread, and candy stick to the teeth and eventually form plaque. Plaque locks on to your teeth and causes gum sensitivity.
Preventing tooth decay is easy if you know how to properly care for your teeth. It is recommended that you brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day. The toothpaste you use should contain a small amount of fluoride in it to help treat the enamel of your teeth. You should brush after you have a meal, but when that is not possible, you should brush in the morning and before bed.
Flossing your teeth is something that needs to be done twice a day as well. The process of flossing removes additional food that is stuck between your teeth. Food that is allowed to sit in the small spaces between your teeth can cause cavities to form as the plaque builds and eats the enamel.
In addition to a good dental care routine, you want to make sure you are visiting us at least twice a year. You may receive a recommendation otherwise depending on your teeth and their condition. If you have cavities, we will suggest treatment options including fillings to seal the hole created by the cavity.
If you are ready to have a dental exam performed, schedule your appointment with Dr. Boles at Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry today.