One of the biggest enemies of your smile is tooth decay. It is one of most common ailments for children in the United States, but it is also easily preventable.
Tooth decay forms in part from the plaque on your teeth. That plaque and tartar contain bacteria that react to the acids in your diet to start forming tooth decay. Over time, the acids formed from your oral bacteria and from the acids in your food and drinks wear away at your tooth enamel, creating tooth decay, and eventually a cavity, also known as dental caries. If you have gum disease and your gums are receding, the cementum, which covers the lower part of your tooth below the gumline and is not nearly as hard as your tooth enamel, can be compromised.
The easiest way to prevent cavities is through consistent good oral hygiene practices. That means brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day and flossing once a day. You should also see Dr. Brian J. Hockel or another member of our stellar team of dentists and hygienists for your regular cleanings and exams. We can remove the plaque and tartar that lead to tooth decay and gum disease, and can even detect tooth decay before a cavity starts to form. In addition to regular cleanings, another way to prevent tooth decay is to limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as well as carbohydrates since the bacteria in your mouth can break down the carbs for the sugars. In fact, a balanced diet is a key to good oral and overall health.
If you are concerned about cavities in Walnut Creek, California, please call 925-478-7776 today to schedule your appointment at Life Dental & Orthodontics. We’ll be happy to give you a professional dental cleaning and exam and make sure that your oral health is the best it can be.