Understanding Dental Decay

We all want clean, healthy teeth and gums, and learning about what’s actually going on inside our mouths is one of the best ways to be proactive about our own oral care.

Below, we decode tooth decay to help you better protect your pearly whites.

Tooth decay is the name dentists give to the destruction of tooth enamel on the outer layer of your teeth. Your mouth is constantly being bombarded from the food and drinks you consume, and throughout the day, a thin layer of sticky plaque forms. Foods high in sugar and starch feed these bacteria, making plaque worse over time.

Plaque also causes your mouth to become acidic, and when the plaque and acids come in contact with your teeth, its protective enamel begins to break down. This can mean cavities, yellowing, and over time, gum disease, decay, and tooth rot.

That definitely doesn’t sound fun!

Luckily, you can prevent tooth decay each day by brushing and flossing regularly and scheduling regular dental checkups with Whispering Creek. Give us a call today!

Posted on behalf of Whispering Creek Dental