Causes of Tooth Decay

Causes of Tooth DecayMost people have had a cavity and filling at some point. You may have heard the term “tooth decay.” What really causes us to get cavities? Our Northridge dentist can help you understand the process and ways you can avoid tooth decay.

Tooth decay really has only one cause—bacteria. As with any type of decay, bacteria produce acids which allow these microscopic organisms to break down the structures of the things they eat. Simply put, bacteria are the cause of any type of decay.

The cause of tooth decay, however, has a more complicated beginning. Most of the things we eat contain some form of sugar or starch. These provide food for the bacteria that are already in our mouth or travel there from other parts of the body. Many of the bacteria in our body serve a good purpose, such as breaking down things so we digest them, but when bacteria in the mouth encounter sugar or starch, they can begin to produce acids that attack tooth enamel.

Tooth enamel is very hard, but under assault from these acids, tiny holes can develop and allow bacteria into the tooth. Once the bacteria passes into the soft, central part of the tooth, decay will begin, and soon you have a cavity requiring a filling or even a root canal.

Regular brushing, flossing and avoiding sugary or starchy snacks will help you keep bacteria in your mouth under control. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist can help you understand ways to prevent tooth decay and keep your smile beautiful and healthy.

Professional regular dental exams and cleanings by our dentist can help prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants can also help prevent the decay to some extent. Once the decay is advanced, our dentist provides root canal treatment and restorative dentistry treatments to prevent the problem from becoming more severe and to repair any damages that has occurred to the tooth. In case it is required, our dentist also offers dental crowns to strengthen the teeth.

Source: Dentist Northridge

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