In Washington, tooth decay is one of the most common childhood problems, yet tooth decay also affects adults. 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. While some bacteria is helpful, other bacteria plays a role in the tooth decay process.
Emerald City Smiles in Edmonds serves people from 50 to 100 years old to help fight tooth decay.
Bacteria is a common cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.
Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed frequently throughout the day, tooth decay can result. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to stay around for a while and create an environment where bacteria thrive.
Repeated and frequent exposure to acid causes the tooth enamel to lose minerals. As a result, a white spot may appear where minerals have been lost which indicates early tooth decay. At this point, tooth decay can be reversed. Using minerals from saliva, fluroride toothpaste and other sources can help reverse the decay. But if the decay process continues resulting in more lost minerals then the enamel is weakened and destroyed resulting in a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling.
To help prevent tooth decay , simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste , flossing at least once a day, and visiting your local Mountlake Terrace dentist in Washington for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.
Hello, my name is Dr. Meisam Nejad. My practice, Emerald City Smiles, is located at 6100 219 St SW, Ste 530 Mountlake Terrace, Washington.