Foods and beverages high in sugar lead to the increase of cavities. Harbor Point Dental Group in Stamford, CT wants patients to understand how cavities develop and what is required to prevent cavities in the future.
Cavities are caused by a thin film of bacteria called plaque. The bacteria digests sugar that will then produce acid that attacks your teeth. Plaque and its stickiness keep acids in contact with enamel for a time after eating or drinking. Prolonged exposure to these acids will cause the enamel to wear through and cause cavities.
Plaque build up can cause swelling and bleeding of the gum tissue. The risk of losing teeth increases if the hard and soft tissues that hold your teeth in place are damaged.
How Do I Prevent Cavities?
Harbor Point Dental Group dentist Dr. Frank Cimato emphasizes the importance of six month dental checkups, but also to brush your teeth twice daily. Dr. Cimato reminds you that flossing is also part of the daily oral health process.
We all like to eat sweets. Prevent the chance of cavities by eating sweets with a meal instead of separate. Saliva flow increases more during a meal, helping weaken cavity-causing acids. The saliva also rinses food particles from the mouth.
Harbor Point Dental Group Tips
- Frequent snacking or sipping on sugar-containing beverages creates an environment for decay.
- Protect your smile by keeping an eye on the amount of sugar in your balanced diet.
- Chewing gum stimulates salivary flow, adding calcium and phosphate to the saliva. The increased flow helps strengthen tooth enamel.
- Maintain a checkup with Harbor Point Dental Group every six months.
- Don’t forget to brush your teeth and floss twice-a-day.