Cavities are one of the most common dental problems faced by people of all ages. Although they’re common, not many people know what a cavity truly is, or how they form. Basically, cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities occur when plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) builds up on the teeth and produces acids that attack tooth enamel.
Here’s some insight into how they develop, and most importantly, how to prevent them!
How they develop
We’re sure you’ve heard of plaque before. Well, that’s how all cavities start out! First, plague builds up on the teeth, producing acid that can weaken tooth enamel over time, and as this happens, small holes can form. As these holes grow, they become irreversible—which is what classifies them as cavities.
How to prevent them
There are many ways to prevent cavities before they form! First, brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Also, reduce your intake of sugary and starchy snacks and drinks, as they fuel the bacteria that cause cavities. Fluoride treatments and toothpastes are also great options for strengthening your tooth enamel.
There are some ways to check at home if you have a cavity, but the only way to treat them is at a dentist! It’s recommended that you visit the dentist every six months for regular cleanings and to check for cavities. If it’s been a while, schedule an appointment with Jackson Dental today by calling (573) 243-5200 or stopping by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.