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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Decay  

Education about cavity prevention and proper brushing starts at the pre-school level. We all remember those great object lessons from school nurses and from our dentists. But do you really understand what causes tooth decay and how to prevent it?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that tooth decay remains a big problem in the U.S, with about 90 percent of Prevent Decayadults age 20 and up having some degree of tooth root decay. Dr. Henry Rodriguez Martin, your Delray Beach dentist at Brilliant Smiles Dental, wants his patients to understand the mechanism of tooth decay, and how it can be prevented for a healthy, resilient smile.

How Tooth Decay Happens

Sugary foods and carbohydrates, such as breads and snack crackers, are largely responsible for plaque build-up. Acid-secreting oral bacteria thrive in sticky plaque and its tougher cousin, tartar. If this biofilm and calculus remain in place, the acids create the holes in tooth enamel we call cavities (plaque also destroys gum tissue through an infection called periodontitis).

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Practice good dental hygiene at home with daily flossing and twice daily brushing with a soft-bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste. Also, Dr. Rodriquez Martin wants to see all his patients every 6 months for an oral exam and hygienic cleaning.

These preventive services catch problems with teeth and gums early, before they become serious, and also removes troublesome plaque and tartar. Your Delray Beach dentist offers plastic dental sealants for young molars, and fluoride treatments for all patients to keep enamel strong.

Also, a healthy diet supports a beautiful smile. The best diet of:

  • plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (Fibrous veggies scrub tooth surfaces smooth.)
  • lean meat, low-fat dairy and whole grain breads, rolls and crackers
  • 8 or more glasses of water a day

Adequate hydration encourages saliva production. Researchers have found that sufficient saliva acts like a natural cleanser for teeth and gums, removing biofilm and food particles. Saliva keeps acids in the mouth properly balanced, too, so that cavities and enamel erosion are less likely.

Be Diligent About Oral Care

As simplistic as it sounds, just take care of your teeth and they will take care of you. Henry Rodriguez Martin DMD and his staff are dedicated keeping your smile brilliant and well-functioning for a lifetime. Call the Delray Beach dentist's office for an appointment: (561) 272-2131.


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