The Story of Caries PreventionJuly 27, 2017 9:45 am |
If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Cedar Park teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Kerr, Dr. Hedgecock & Dr. Patel are going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Vista Ridge Family Dentistry can do to help. Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot – actually, they are the exact same thing. When bacteria interact with carbohydrates as they are broken down in the mouth, they ferment and produce lactic acid, which eats away at the structures of the teeth. Considered the most prevalent chronic disease among adults and children, this condition is called dental caries, or tooth decay. Without proper care and regular dental appointments, the acid from bacteria will eat away the surface layer of the tooth, creating a hole, or cavity. In other words, dental caries (tooth decay) is the cause of cavities. Caries Prevention Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that results from sugars breaking down in the mouth. In order for a caries formation to take place, there must be bacteria and sugar present on a tooth surface. For most Cedar Park residents with a normal diet, the components of tooth decay are already in place. However, Dr. Kerr, Dr. Hedgecock & Dr. Patel remind us that it takes time, sometimes even several years, for the acidic demineralization (acids eating away at the tooth) process to result in a cavity. The simplest ways to limit your risk of getting a cavity are to eat less sugar, brush and floss regularly, and visit Vista Ridge Family Dentistry for your twice yearly cleanings. Want to know more about dental caries? Here are some facts to beef up your oral health knowledge:
- Saliva helps protect your mouth against tooth decay and cavities
- The bacteria that cause cavities can be passed to another person
- While having a cavity filled will repair a tooth, it does not stop tooth decay.
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