It’s a vicious cycle. Plaque causes tooth decay and tooth decay causes cavities. The good news is that you can prevent cavities completely, or reduce the number of cavities you get in your lifetime.
When you eat high carbohydrate foods that contain starch and sugar, the deposits left on your teeth interact with plaque and produce an acid that dissolves tooth enamel and results in tooth decay and cavities. Plaque occurs naturally in your mouth from your own bacteria, but the sugars and starches are invaders that must be stopped!
Everyone can get cavities, and everyone has the tools to prevent them. Here are the best ways:
Helpful Tips to Prevent Cavities
- Don’t eat too many sweets or starchy snacks. When you do, brush your teeth as soon as you can.
- Brush after every meal and floss daily. Use fluoride toothpastes that have the American Dental Association logo.
- Visit Dr. Geare every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Untreated cavities can turn into root canal infections, or result in tooth loss.