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Facts About the Spread of Tooth Decay You Should Know


Posted on 8/30/2018 by Dr. Roger Chang
Facts About the Spread of Tooth Decay You Should KnowTooth decay is one of the world's most common diseases. Otherwise known as dental cavities, this condition is entirely preventable. By better understanding some facts about tooth decay and what causes it, you can take the steps needed to protect your mouth.

Tooth Decay is Caused by Plaque and Bacteria


Not everyone knows exactly what causes tooth decay. It actually develops when plaque and bacteria accumulate on the teeth. Each time that you eat or drink something, tiny particles remain, and these attract bacteria.

Eventually, those bacteria turn into an acidic film known as plaque, which eats away at the enamel. Cavities may form, leaving portions of the teeth exposed and vulnerable. Without treatment, your teeth may eventually require extraction.

Bacteria Can Spread


You can't have cavities without bacteria, and unfortunately, they can spread. Sharing utensils or toothbrushes with someone else can put their cavity-causing bacteria directly into your mouth, where it has the opportunity to breed and adhere to your teeth. So, to some extent, this makes cavities contagious.

Tooth Decay is Preventable


Tooth decay isn't something that you just have to live with, and it isn't inevitable. There are ways that you can prevent it and protect your teeth:

•  Make oral hygiene a priority. The best way to protect your mouth from decay is by caring for your teeth. This includes using a fluoridated toothpaste and brushing twice a day.
•  Floss regularly. Flossing at least once a day is necessary to remove plaque and bacteria buildup.
•  Watch what you eat. A well-balanced diet will help to reduce decay, and consider avoiding heavy starches and foods high in sugar.
•  Drink water. A well-hydrated mouth will be less hospitable for cavities and decay.

Regular dental visits are also essential in maintaining a healthy mouth. Call us today to set up your next appointment.

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