The Breakdown on Tooth Breakdown

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So you probably know about cavities, right? But have you ever really learned about them? This post will help you fill your cavity knowledge!

Dental cavities, sometimes called dental caries or tooth decay, are spots on or between teeth where bacteria have broken down teeth and left holes. When teeth are left un-brushed for too long, bacteria from food eat away at the protective layers of teeth: cementum, dentin and enamel. With the protective layers pierced, the bacteria chomp away at your teeth and leave gaps that are often sensitive to touch, heat and sugary substances.

But don’t worry: cavities are largely preventable when you practice proper prevention techniques! The best way to prevent cavities is by brushing twice and flossing once daily. Once bacteria are flushed from your teeth and gums, they won’t be able to eat away at the protective layers of your teeth. Another way to prevent cavity formation is to keep your diet low in excessively sugary foods; mouth bacteria create acid from sugar, so keep your intake to a reasonable amount. And finally, don’t forget to use products with fluoride! Fluoride is a mineral that fights tooth decay, and it can be found in most toothpastes and your public water supply.

Our staff at Bluegrass Periodontics are trained in cavity treatment and prevention, and when you come into our Lexington, Kentucky, office, we’ll address any cavity concerns you may have. Please call us now at 859-252-7726 to schedule your next appointment.