Food decay is the process whereby, bacteria in our mouth digest foods like milk, cereal, bread, cakes and sweets and turn them into acid. These foods, bacteria, acids, and saliva combine to form plaque, leading to tooth decay.
Acids in plaque dissolve on the enamel surface of the teeth and cause holes known as cavities.
Before I start the prevention methods of tooth decay, let’s talk about some common causes of tooth decay.
2Common Causes Of Tooth Decay
Poor Oral Hygiene
Plaques build up in our teeth if we do not brush and floss regularly. This plaque attacks our enamel thereby causing tooth decay. We should make sure we brush every day, at least twice a day. And also, make sure we floss after every meal.
Saliva is your mouth helps to cleanse your mouth of plaque. Make sure you are always hydrated to avoid increasing your chances of tooth decay.
Eating and Drinking
No one is saying you should not eat or drink but when you do, especially if it sugary foods like cakes and sweets, dry cereals and any other kind of drink that is not water, brush properly to avoid the formation of plaques.
Bacteria and Acid
Your mouth becomes a natural environment for a plaque if there are lingering bacteria an acids in it. You have to make conscious efforts to avoid this situation.
Just as we inherit our hair texture and body size, so do some of us inherit crevices and enamel problem that lead to cavities.
Avoiding The Dentist
Most of us go years without ever visiting a dentist. That is very unhealthy. It is advised that we visit the dentist at least once every six months.
The dentist does not only examine the condition of our teeth, but he also offers a medical solution in the event that we have tooth decay and gum problems.