The food left on or between our teeth after we’re done eating, is dissolved by bacteria. As the bacteria dissolve these food remnants, they produce an acid that can wear away at the enamel or our teeth. Over time, this acid can create holes or cavities in teeth, exposing the sensitive layer of dentin below. This can be a very painful and uncomfortable experience, potentially resulting in the loss of that tooth. So, what can you do to prevent tooth decay?
Well, for starters you can continue your normal brushing and flossing routine. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, then you should start. It is easy, and a great way to clean your teeth of food debris and plaque build-up.
You can also consider changing your diet, eliminating sticky, sugary foods. These types of food have a nasty tendency to stick to teeth, increasing the opportunity for decay. Brushing may help, but with some foods normal brushing may not be enough. An extra long and intense brushing session may be what is necessary to remove some foods from your teeth.
Lastly, you can consult with your dentist about dental sealants as a way to protect the chewing surfaces of your molars. These sealants cover the areas of your molars that would most frequently be prone to cavities. They aren’t perfect, but they are very good at what they do.
If you have any other question regarding tooth decay or tooth decay prevention, please contact us for more information.