Keep Tooth Decay at Bay

young guy thinking heavilyHave you ever wondered what causes cavities? Many of us know cavities are caused by tooth decay, but what causes tooth decay? There are hundreds of different bacteria in our mouth, some good and others, not so much. It’s the harmful bacteria that contribute to tooth decay, as well as other dental issues like gum disease and persistent bad breath. Certain harmful microbes consume the sugars and starches in your food, converting them into acids that wear down your teeth’s defenses. The more frequently your teeth come in contact with these acids, and the longer the acids are allowed to remain on your teeth, the greater chance you’ll develop infectious tooth decay. As dedicated and caring dentists, Drs. Wager and Evans encourage you to attend routine checkups and cleanings to keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth cavities from forming.

Feeding Bacteria

When oral bacteria gather, they form sticky dental plaque to protect them from your mouth’s defenses, like saliva. When plaque adheres to your teeth, the acids produced by the bacteria plaque contains erode your teeth’s enamel. Tooth enamel is like an armor that protects your teeth from invading bacteria, but once it dissolves, your tooth becomes vulnerable to bacterial infection, or tooth decay. The more you consume sugar and other bacteria-feeding substances, the more your acids bacteria can produce, and the greater the risk to your teeth.

Help Is Out There

Tooth enamel is comprised almost completely of minerals, such as calcium, phosphate, and fluoride. That’s why it is important to brush your teeth thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Also visit your dental hygienist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning. Your dentist will take x-rays, examine your teeth and gums, remove tartar and plaque, floss, and polish your teeth’s surfaces. With proper care at home and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, you can control overwhelming bacteria and the substances they produce.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845.