Common Causes for Cavities

beauty image of young asian womanMany people associate cavities with children, however you can get cavities at any age. Common causes of dental cavities are a result of tooth decay and can affect both the enamel and the dentin of your tooth. Once a cavity starts, it must be treated to prevent further damage to the tooth. The decay needs to be removed and restored with a dental filling to restore the tooth’s structure and function.

What Can Cause Cavities?

• Unhealthy Diet
If your diet consists of too much sugar, processed foods and not enough nutrients, this can leave your mouth more vulnerable to dental diseases, including tooth decay.

• Gum Disease
Gum disease erodes your gums. Your tooth roots can be exposed and susceptible to cavities.

• Acidic Foods
Sugary and starchy foods are not the only kinds that can cause cavities in your mouth. Foods with high acid contents such as fruit juice, bread, fish, sodas, and sports drinks can also negatively affect your oral health. While sugary and starchy foods must first come into contact with bacteria, acidic foods instantly bring acids into your mouth that can lead to tooth decay.

• Lack Of Fluoride
Fluoride in your water and in your toothpaste can strengthen your teeth and help remineralize enamel to protect against cavities.

• Poor Dental Hygiene
Improper brushing techniques, infrequent brushing or a lack of flossing can all lead to the buildup of plaque and bacteria, which decay your teeth.

To protect your teeth against cavities it is imperative to maintain good daily oral hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening is required for healthy teeth and gums. Flossing needs to be practiced once a day combined with a fluoride rinse. Eating a well-balanced diet can also help keep your
teeth healthy and bright. Visit Dr. Conant once every six months to help keep your teeth free from decay. Call 203-487-5577.

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