Tooth decay is a common dental health issue, and it affects both children and adults. At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria we treat tooth decay and promote the best possible dental health in our patients.
Blame it on Bacteria
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and commingle with plaque and acids to weaken the layer of enamel on your teeth. The breakdown of tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.
Tooth decay is often a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed throughout the day, tooth decay can develop. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria thrive.
To help prevent tooth decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting for regular check-ups will help.
At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria our patients come from northern Virgina, Annandale, Prince William County, and throughout the area for family and restorative dentistry, and much more. Call us to schedule an appointment today!
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