Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is a common problem, not just in children but in adults, too. With daily brushing and flossing, and regular checkups at Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla, most tooth decay can be prevented.
Blame it on Bacteria
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and merge with plaque and acids to weaken the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.
Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed throughout the day, decay can emerge. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria prosper.
To help avoid tooth decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.
At Weston Spencer DDS in La Jolla we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. People from xxx come to us for general and restorative dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule your next checkup today!
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