In St. Louis and around the country, tooth decay is a pervasive childhood issue, yet it also affects adults. Chesterfield Smile Design treats people from 35 to 55 years old to improve their dental health by fighting tooth decay.
Blame it on Bacteria
The cause of tooth decay is bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and merge with plaque and acids to soften the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often bring about the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.
Tooth decay is typically 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, cavities can ensue. Foods to bypass include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria thrive.
To help prohibit cavities, 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 us for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prohibit tooth decay.
Chesterfield Smile Design serves the greater St. Louis area, promoting dental health with general dentistry. We specialize in dental implants, and treating conditions like sleep apnea. Make an appointment with us today.
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