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What Are Cavities?

November 8, 2010

Filed under: Dental Care — admin @ 10:20 am

What Are Cavities?

“Cavities” is another way of saying tooth decay. Tooth decay is heavily influenced by lifestyle, what we eat, how well we take care of our teeth, the presence of fluoride in our water and toothpaste.
When dental plaque is left undisturbed on the surface of the teeth, tooth decay, or cavities, develop.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?
Only your dentist can tell for sure whether you have a cavity.

That’s because cavities develop below the tooth’s surface, where you can’t see them. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates (sugars and starches), these carbohydrates are eaten by the bacteria in plaque, producing acids that eat into the tooth. Over time, the tooth enamel begins to break down beneath the surface while the surface remains intact. When enough of the sub-surface enamel is eaten away, the surface collapses, forming a cavity.

How Can I Help Prevent Cavities?
• Brush at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque from between teeth and below the gumline
• Have regular dental checkups. Preventive care can help stop problems from occurring and keep minor problems from becoming major ones
• Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods. When you do eat these foods, try to eat them with your meal instead of as a snack to minimize the number of times that your teeth are exposed to acid
• Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.

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