Cavities in Vail, AZ
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What Are Cavities?
A dental patient education blog post from your dental team at Vail Family Dentistry
Dental Education from the American Dental Association (ADA)
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ADA: What Are Cavities?
Cavities can affect people of all ages. Cavities or tooth decay is when acid-producing bacteria destroy tooth enamel. This happens when particles from sugary foods like soda, raisins, candy, or even milk are left on the teeth. Bacteria thrive on these foods and produce acid over time. The acids can break down tooth enamel, and you’re left with a cavity. As you age, gum recession and gum disease may begin to occur. This exposes the tooth roots to plaque, and they become more prone to tooth decay. You can help prevent cavities by brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist regularly. Also, limit your snacking and eat well-balanced meals. Remember, cavities don’t just happen overnight. It’s up to you to stop the decay before it starts.
Learn more about cavities and how to prevent them by reading this article from your dental professionals at Vail Family Dentistry:
How to Prevent Cavities: A Comprehensive Guide
Cavities are small holes in the teeth that can cause discomfort, infection, and even tooth loss if left untreated. They are caused by bacteria in your mouth that produce acids that eat away at your enamel. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day are essential for preventing cavities. Brushing removes plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and produces acid. Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth and along the gumline, where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks
Sugary foods and drinks are a primary source of fuel for the bacteria that cause cavities. Limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks can help reduce your risk of cavities. If you do consume sugary foods or drinks, try to do so in one sitting rather than snacking throughout the day. This will give your teeth time to recover from the acid attack.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water helps wash away food particles and bacteria that can lead to cavities. It also helps keep your mouth hydrated, which is important for maintaining healthy saliva production. Saliva helps neutralize acid and wash away food particles and bacteria.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential for preventing cavities. Your dentist can detect cavities early on and treat them before they become more serious. They can also remove plaque and tartar buildup that you can’t remove with brushing and flossing alone.
Consider Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are a protective coating that your dentist can apply to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. They help prevent cavities by sealing out food particles and bacteria. Sealants are especially effective for children and teenagers, who are more prone to cavities.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen your tooth enamel and protect against cavities. It’s found in many kinds of toothpaste and mouthwash. Your dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment if you’re at high risk for cavities.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Foods that are good for your teeth include:
- Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt
- Fruits and vegetables
- Lean protein sources like chicken, fish, and beans
- Whole grains
Preventing cavities is essential for maintaining good oral health. By brushing and flossing regularly, limiting sugary foods and drinks, drinking plenty of water, visiting your dentist regularly, considering dental sealants, using fluoride, and eating a healthy diet, you can reduce your risk of cavities and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
We hope this guide has been helpful. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Vail Family Dentistry. We’re here to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!
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