The Skinny on Teeth and Cavities

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So you know all there is to know about cavities, eh? But have you ever really learned about them? Read on to fill your cavity knowledge.

Dental cavities, which can be called dental caries or tooth decay, are spots on or between teeth where bacteria have decayed teeth and left holes. When you eat too many sugary foods, bacteria from food eat away at the protective layers of teeth: enamel, cementum and dentin. With the protective layers pierced, the bacteria chomp away at your teeth and leave them with holes that are sensitive to sugary substances, touch and heat.

Don’t be afraid: cavities are largely preventable if you take care of your oral health. A simple way to prevent cavities is by brushing twice and flossing once daily. If bacteria are flushed from your mouth, they won’t be able to eat away at the protective layers of your teeth. Another way to prevent cavity formation is to keep your diets low in sugary foods; mouth bacteria create acid from sugar, so keep your intake within reason. And finally, don’t forget to use fluoride! Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that fights tooth decay and erosion, and it can be found in most toothpastes and your public water supply.

The team at Root Canal Specialists, PC is trained as experts when it comes to endodontics and your teeth, and when you come into our Bingham Farms, Michigan, office, we’ll address any cavity concerns you may have. Please give us a call now at 248-540-9191 to schedule your next visit to our office.