Common Causes of Dental Cavities
A dental cavity is a sign that your tooth has experienced decay. Tooth decay is caused by the acids that bacteria in our mouth create when they come into contact with sugars in the food that we eat. So thus, sugar is a leading cause of cavities.
While there are certain obvious sources of sugar, like candy, soda, and sports drinks, there are also less obvious sources as well. Many people do not realize that carbohydrates break down into sugar. So, when we eat foods like bread or crackers, the end result to our body is that it becomes sugar. When particles from foods with high levels of sugar or carbohydrates are not removed from our mouth, it greatly increases our chance of developing cavities.
The best way to remove these food particles and the plaque and bacteria that cause cavities is to practice good oral hygiene. This means that you should brush and floss two times a day. Make sure you use a soft bristle brush and use fluoride toothpaste. It is also important that you visit the dentist two times a year for a professional exam and cleaning. The dentist will be able to remove any plaque and tartar you were unable to remove on your own.
Remember that tooth decay ultimately leads to gum disease. Since gum disease causes your gums to recede, it exposes more of the roots of your teeth. Your roots being exposed put them at a higher risk of developing cavities. So in a certain sense, cavities lead to more cavities if you are not careful.
If you have suffered extensive tooth decay, contact our expert in endodontic therapy in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.
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