Fact: Our mouths are full of bacteria. In fact, hundreds of different types of bacteria live on our teeth, gums, tongue and other places in our mouths. That is what causes tooth decay. The bacteria feeds on the sugars in the foods and drinks we consume, leaving behind a sticky bio-film also known as plaque. This plaque allows bacteria to live on your teeth longer, giving it time to create acids which wear down the tooth enamel and cause cavities.
If left untreated, the eventual disease process that starts from bacteria in the mouth can potentially spread to other areas of the body. This bacteria can complicate chronic conditions ranging from diabetes to heart disease.
Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. The two primary reasons why teeth decay are:
It’s easy! Simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals, brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and visit any of our locations for regular check-ups and cleanings.
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