How Does a Cavity Form?

Aerial view of a cluster of vanilla cupcakes with blue frosting with sugar that causes cavities

If you’ve had a cavity, do you know how you got it? Read this blog post to learn how cavities form and how you can prevent them in the future.

How a Cavity Forms

As you eat and drink, the sugars and starches in your food and beverages fuel the bacteria that exists in your mouth. That bacteria then multiples, accumulates into a sticky film called plaque, and produces acids that attack the hard, protective outer coating of your teeth, called the enamel. As acids dissolve and decay your enamel, the damage can eventually lead to the formation of little holes, called cavities. Because plaque bacteria thrives on sugar, starches, and carbohydrates, an unhealthy diet and poor oral hygiene contribute greatly to the formation of cavities.

Who’s At Risk?

The more plaque that exists in the mouth, the more destructive enamel-eating acid is created! So while people often think that only kids get cavities, the truth is that everyone needs to take the proper steps to prevent the accumulation of plaque. Your risk of decay and cavities can increase due to a variety of causes, including an unhealthy diet high in sugar and acids and low in tooth-strengthening foods, dehydration, gum recession, nighttime teeth grinding, wear-and-tear, tobacco use, and more.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is incredibly common. In fact, The CDC reports that 91% of adults aged 20 to 64 have had at least one cavity. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help prevent the buildup of plaque that leads to eventual decay. For example, eat a nutritious and balanced diet that is low in sugar and refined carbohydrates, drink plenty of water, avoid smoking, chew sugar-free gum for at least 20 minutes after eating, brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste, floss every day, and come visit us every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup.

Come See Us Here at Dublin Corners Dental!

If you have a cavity that needs filling, or if you just need to schedule your next cleaning, we’re here for you. We offer a range of preventive and restorative services to fit the unique needs of any smile.

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