10 Things You Should Know About Dental Caries (Cavities)

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10 Things You Should Know About Dental Caries (Cavities)

10 Things You Should Know About Dental Caries
By Donna Spearman

1. When you eat or drink food containing sugar or starches, a plague forms that produces acids. Plague is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on and between your teeth.

2. If these acids formed from the bacteria stay in contact with your tooth surface for a long enough time , the results could be a cavity forming when the enamel breakdowns.

3. Periodontal (gum) disease is the recession of the gums away from the teeth. This can expose the tooth roots to decay. This is very common in adults older than 50 years old.

4. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is one way to prevent caries.

5. Cleaning between your teeth daily with floss

6. Limit snacks and eat a balance diet

7. Schedule regular professional cleanings and oral exams.

8. Ask a dentist about dental sealants.

9. Early childhood caries can occur in preschool-age children between birth and 71 months. Children are capable of tooth decay at the first tooth eruption.

10. You can reduce the risk of childhood caries by cleaning infants teeth after each meal, use a balanced diet, drink from a cup by the first birthday and recommend a dental visit within six months of first tooth eruption or no later than 12 months. Prevention and education should begin at infancy and continue through adulthood.

Source: American Dental Association ADA

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