Are you one of the patients that seems to have a new cavity every time they visit the dentist? Have you ever wondered why? Sometimes people with even the best brushing and flossing still get cavities! If you are struggling to understand how to prevent cavities your Rochester, MN, dentist explains many of the causes within this blog.
What is Dental Decay
Streptococcus mutans is a bacteria that causes tooth decay. When it eats the sugars in your mouth its byproduct is acid. This is what eats away at our teeth to cause cavities. The bacteria thrive in plaque on our teeth, especially when we frequently snack or drink acidic beverages. To prevent dental decay, it’s important to brush and floss regularly, use fluoride toothpaste, eat a balanced diet, and visit the dentist for check-ups and cleanings.
The Many Causes of Cavities
Did you know that you could eat a perfectly healthy diet and still get cavities? Dry mouth, mouth breathing, acid reflux or GERD, poor enamel formation, are other reasons you may experience dental decay. Also, if you’ve been putting off that filling, existing dental decay can affect adjacent healthy areas. If your teeth are crowded, hard to reach areas may also be affected since bacteria will thrive in those areas.
How To Treat and Prevent Tooth Decay
When treating decayed teeth, the approach depends on the severity of the decay. For small cavities, we can fill the tooth with materials like composite resin. This helps restore the tooth’s natural appearance and prevents further decay. If the decay has reached the inner pulp of the tooth, root canal therapy may be necessary. In more advanced cases where the decay has severely damaged the tooth, removing the tooth may be necessary. After extraction, options like dental implants, bridges, or dentures can be considered to restore the missing tooth. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential to prevent decay or catch it early.
Let Us Help You!
At your dental visits, we will identify the cause of your decay based on your unique situation. Recommendations on products and treatments to prevent future decay will be tailored to your needs. You don’t have to feel discouraged every time you visit the dentist. We want to help you have healthy cavity free check-ups. To prevent or treat dental decay call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.