What causes tooth decay?
Your mouth is full of naturally occurring bacteria. These bacteria are constantly performing metabolic processes in your mouth. They digest sugars in the foods that you eat and expel an acidic substance, which creates a film on the surface of your teeth.
If this film is not properly removed using dental hygiene practices like diligent brushing and flossing, the acid produced by bacteria can eat away at the enamel on your teeth and cause tooth decay.
A few ways to reduce your risk of tooth decay include:
- Eating a nutritious diet
- Abstaining from foods that tend to stick to the surface of your teeth or that stay inside your mouth for prolonged periods of time (hard candies, crackers, sugary chewing gum, etc.)
- Cutting back on drinking soda and sugary juices
- Brushing twice a day
- Honoring your twice yearly dental visit
During your biannual exam, Dr. Kainth will check your teeth for signs of tooth decay. If your teeth show symptoms, we offer treatment methods like fillings. For advanced cases of decay, we may recommend root canal therapy.