Being told you have a cavity may feel like it’s just part of an unlucky day.
But did you know that cavities really don’t happen at random?
It all starts with determining your cavity risk.
Know What Really Causes Cavities
Tooth decay is caused by acids secreted by a specific kind of bacteria. These germs live in practically everyone’s mouths. They feed off of simple carbohydrates like those found in candy, fruits, sweet drinks, bread, crackers, and desserts. The sugars you consume is what these bacteria eat.
As the germs process carbohydrates, they secrete an acidic waste product. This acid slowly etches a hole through tooth enamel and provides the bacteria with the perfect space to live in. The biofilm multiply and the cycle continues.
Enamel may become prone to decay if it’s exposed to a lot of acids in food. After it’s dissolved a little bit, it’s easier for the bacteria to eat their way through.
Who’s at Risk?
Risk factors for decay include:
- Dry mouth
- Poor oral hygiene
- A diet high in sweets and/or acids
- High carbohydrate consumption
- Insufficient mineral levels
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
You can lower your chances for getting another cavity within the next year by cutting down on the carbs that fuel cavity-causing bacteria.
Make it a practice to rinse your mouth with water after eating and to brush with a fluoride toothpaste two to three times a day. Flossing and using a fluoride rinse will also help you keep your enamel clean and strong.
Most importantly, visit our San Antonio family dentist to learn more about lowering your individual risk for cavities. Call today to plan your appointment with Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental.
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