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Why do I have decay?
by: Dental Assistant Team

Decay is an infection, a disease cause by plaque. Plaque is the bacteria that feeds of sugars in our diet and produces acid. That acid is what attacks the enamel of your teeth, causing tooth decay.

Demineralization is the first stage of decay. The acids dissolve the calcium and phosphate of the teeth, making the enamel weak which leads to decay.

What causes the demineralization?
Excessive acid that produces plaque bacteria due to: excessive consumption of soda, sports drinks, sugar of any form (even carbohydrates!), some medication causing dry mouth (saliva is necessary to combat tooth decay), and other factors. Good saliva neutralizes acids and reduces the dissolving powder of fruit juices and many sports supplement drinks. Stress (physical and psychological) and poor oral hygiene are also aggravating factors when it comes to tooth decay.

In conclusion:
Bacteria in the mouth produces acid that attack the enamel of your teeth causing demineralization and ultimately tooth decay. To help prevent tooth decay, make sure to brush your teeth and floss every day. Limit your sugar intake, and make healthy choices when it comes to your diet!

During your next visit ask us about what products to use to help reduce your risk developing cavities and reducing acid levels in your mouth. We also now have test available to patients to help proper determine and diagnose how high risk you are for developing cavities. Our team continues to expend its services to help keep you healthy and disease free!

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Article date: Jul. 01 2013

Type: Tooth Decay And Cavities

Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County

Tags

  • Tooth Decay
  • Plaque
  • Bacteria
  • Enamel
  • Teeth
  • Demineralization
  • Acids
  • Calcium
  • Phosphate
  • Excessive Acid
  • Medication
  • Stress
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Rush
  • Floss
  • Healthy Choices
  • Cavities

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