Dental cavities are the most prevalent dental issue in the world. They affect billions of people world wide each year, despite the fact that they are almost entirely preventable. Many people simply under estimate cavities because they do not completely understand how they develop within the mouth. Knowledge of dental cavities is the first step in their prevention.
Plaque develops inside the mouth on a daily basis. Plaque is the fuzzy film that you can feel when you run your tongue across your teeth at the end of the day. This plaque is made up of millions of bacteria that thrive off of the foods that you eat. Although there are many good bacteria inside the mouth, there are also many other bacteria that thrive and multiply off of the sugars in the mouth. As the bacteria react from the sugars they produce a damaging acid that begins to demineralize the teeth. This acid is responsible for causing holes, or cavities, in the tooth enamel by weakening the enamel and eating through it.
Oral hygiene habits and dietary choices are the biggest contributing factors to the health of your mouth. Daily flossing and brushing along with regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups are essential components of your oral health. Professional cleanings done twice a year will help to remove stubborn plaque from the teeth that may have turned into the harder substance known as tartar. These professional cleanings alongside a professional exam will leave the mouth as clean as possible. Brushing and flossing at home are also crucial to oral health. Brushing alone though is not enough, so it is important that you are also flossing daily. Floss is designed to reach the tight spaces between the teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. If plaque is allowed to remain between the teeth, they are extremely vulnerable to decay.
Here at Green Dental of Alexandria we are committed to helping you achieve optimal oral health. Cavity prevention is an extremely vital part of your day to day life in order to fight the constant assault that your teeth are under. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are here to serve you!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725