What is a Cavity?
No matter how well you take care of your teeth, you may still be at a risk of developing cavities. This is because of the plaque that forms in your mouth. The plaque has bacteria that breaks down the sugar from the food in your mouth and forms an acid. This acid can break down your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay also known as a cavity.
Tooth decay usually occurs when carbohydrates and sugars become trapped in your teeth. The more sugar you consume, the more acid is produced by the bacteria in the plaque that can break down tooth enamel. Hence, more chances of tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can eliminate the formation of plaque. However, you still need to take care of the kinds of foods you consume. Sodas, candies and chocolate all contain a lot of sugars and should be consumed in moderation.
There are many measures you can take to prevent cavities and tooth decay. It starts with a good oral hygiene routine. Use a toothbrush with bristles that can reach remote corners of your mouth. Use toothpastes which are recommended by the Canadian Dental Association. Flossing is also crucial and should be done at least once a day
Brushing your teeth after every meal can reduce your chances of getting tooth decay. Most importantly, eat healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits and limit the eating of sugary foods.
Cavities can be treated easily if discovered early. The decayed part of the tooth is removed. The tooth is then restored using any number of treatment options. These restorations will replace the lost enamel and can also help prevent the tooth from getting any further decay.
Take good care of your teeth at any early stage. Good oral hygiene can help improve your overall health.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnoses so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.
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1078 Wilson Avenue
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