A cavity is the loss of tooth enamel (the hard, outer layer of your tooth) causing a hole in your tooth. Cavities can range from a small hole in your tooth to a large hole in your tooth. The destruction of tooth enamel is a common problem for children, teens, and adults. When you consume high sugar foods, the bacteria in the plaque produces acid that attacks your tooth enamel.
Children rank the highest for cavities; however, with aging it becomes a problem for adults (over 50) as well. Gum disease and recession of your gums can lead to tooth-root decay. Tooth roots are covered with a softer substance than enamel, making them susceptible to decay. They are more sensitive to touch, and hot and cold substances. It’s quite common to find tooth-root decay in people over 50 years of age.
Adults today lacked the benefits of fluoride and modern preventative dental care while children. So, it is not uncommon for adults to have many fillings. After some time, those fillings eventually crack allowing bacteria in and causing acid to build up which causes decay.
Preventive tooth decay tips:
– Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
– Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check of your teeth
– Supplemental fluoride can also strengthen your teeth
– Daily flossing is a must
– Question your dentist about dental sealants
– Avoid sugary snacks
– Eat well-balanced, nutritional foods
We at Elite Dentistry PC would be happy to discuss with you ways to prevent cavities. Please call (630) 592.8116 today for your next cleaning appointment and consultation on cavity prevention.