One of the most common forms of oral health problems is tooth decay, or cavities. Your teeth are covered with enamel which protects them That enamel is pretty tough stuff but it can be compromised. When that happens, you are dealing with tooth decay.
Here is a breakdown of the enamel breakdown. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, just waiting for a chance to enjoy some sugar. When you eat or drink something with sugar, the bacteria in the plaque gets together with the sugar and produces plaque which attacks the tooth enamel, Over time, the acids eat through the enamel causing tooth decay.
Although cavities are common with children, as we age, our gums begin to recede making adults vulnerable to decay as well. Decay can also happen around the edges of fillings.
Fortunately, you aren’t defenseless in war against tooth decay. There are some relatively easy steps you can take to keep cavities at bay.
You can start by brushing two times per day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss before going to bed every night. You should eat a healthy diet, and visit your dentist at least every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
Dr. Narinder Mahal at Land Park Dental in Sacramento, California, would love the chance to sit down with you and discuss what you can do to prevent cavities. If you would like to meet with the dentist, or it’s time for your cleaning and exam, give us a call today at 916-421-2200.