Tooth Decay Facts You Should Know
Tooth decay is one of the most common disorders affecting humans today. It is caused by oral bacteria and associated with bad breath, sensitive gums, cavities, infections, and the need for root canal treatments or extractions. Understanding how tooth decay begins can help you prevent and avoid it.
The human mouth is filled with bacteria, which break down the sugars in the foods you eat. The sugars are converted into acid, which removes the minerals from your teeth in a process called demineralization. The demineralization process can be slow and often goes unnoticed until a cavity forms, which is why regular dental checkups are so important.
Oral bacteria form a biofilm called plaque, and plaque needs to be removed from your teeth regularly to minimize the risk to your teeth. Plaque tends to form along the gum line, between your teeth and on the chewing surfaces. Brush between meals and use floss to remove this harmful substance, and use fluoridated products to help harden the enamel on your teeth.
Your diet can also play a role in your tooth decay risk. A diet high in sugar, carbohydrates, or processed foods can increase your risk. These foods provide more fuel for oral bacteria. An acidic diet can also increase your risk by eroding your enamel and leaving your teeth more vulnerable to bacterial damage.
With good dental hygiene, a healthy diet and regular dental visits, your teeth can remain healthy throughout your life. Call our office to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our expert in root canal in North Hollywood.
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