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What Causes Tooth Decay and How Can You Avoid It?

July 23, 2014

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , , , — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 8:11 pm

shutterstock dentist with patientWhen most people think about dental cavities (also known as caries), the first thing that comes to mind is sugar. Isn’t sugar the root of all evil, rotting your teeth if you indulge in too many sweet treats? While this is partly true, there’s more to the story of tooth decay than eating too much candy. At Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, Dr. Friedman and our team of experienced oral hygiene professionals help patients prevent and treat tooth decay before it becomes a more serious problem. Part of this endeavor involves routine cleanings and patient education regarding dental caries.

Main Causes of Tooth Decay

When we eat or drink anything that contains sugar or carbohydrates, the bacteria in our mouths immediately go to work. As the bacteria consume the residual starches, sugars, and more from the surfaces of our teeth and gums, they produce acid. It is this acid that actually erodes the teeth over time, leading to cavities if not prevented with oral hygiene checkups and cleanings. While regular brushing and flossing at home are both integral steps in keeping cavities at bay, there is simply no substitute for the level of deep cleaning you’ll receive at our office. Between visits, you can help to decrease your likelihood of developing cavities by adhering to the following:

  • Rinse your mouth with plain water after each meal and snack
  • Avoid brushing immediately after eating anything acidic, as this can actually contribute to increased erosion
  • Limit the number of sugary, starchy foods you eat on a daily basis
  • Eat a varied diet, including crunchy fruits and vegetables that naturally clean teeth of debris

Protect Yourself and Your Smile

Has it been more than six months since your last dental visit to Mod Squad Dental? If so, it’s time to schedule your appointment with Dr. Friedman and our team. Contact our office today and find out for yourself what a difference our commitment to your satisfaction can make in your smile. From our practice in San Diego, CA, we warmly welcome patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway, and more. We look forward to serving you and your family!

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