Cavities or tooth decay happens when bacteria living in your mouth produce acid that attack your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the hard outer layer of the teeth. Untreated cavities can lead to excruciating pain, infection and tooth loss. It is important to visit a dentist regularly for oral examination and cleanings to avoid cavities and other dental problems. If you think you have cavities, don’t panic, but do go visit a dentist like Dr. Morrow in Portland, Oregon immediately. Restorative Dentistry at Mt. Tabor Dental provides gentle dental care and treatments that will have your teeth looking good as before.
Here are the common causes of cavities
- Poor oral hygiene
You should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes and at least twice a day – morning and night – preferably with a power toothbrush like a Sonicare. Brushing your teeth alone is not enough to prevent cavities. Flossing and using mouthwash should be added to your daily routine.
- Enamel issues and deep tooth crevices
Bacteria can easily grow in the deep tooth crevice so cavities are more likely to occur for the person with enamel issues and deep tooth crevice.
- Improper nutrients
Cavities can be caused by diets that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Eating a balanced and healthy diet not only will improve your health, but also prevent cavities.
- Sugary and acidic food/drink
The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar to form cavities. When you try to avoid sugary food and drinks, be aware of foods that contain hidden sugar. Acidic foods and drinks can also damage enamel.
- Dry mouth
People with dry mouth conditions have a higher chance for tooth decay because plaque forms much easier, is not washed away by saliva, and this can lead to cavities. Dry mouth conditions can caused by genetic factors, prescription medications, and certain medical conditions.
- Tooth grinding
Tooth grinding damages enamel, which can leads to tooth decay. It can be prevented by wearing an appliance, such as a night guard.
Some people are born with deep tooth crevices and enamel problems are due to genetics.
As you get older your gums and enamel wear out and you might be taking prescription drugs that cause dry mouth which can lead to tooth decay.
- Avoid visiting a dentist
Avoiding visiting a dentist is bad for your teeth. Everyone should visit their dentist at least twice a year. Many people are afraid to visit a dentist, but don’t fear. Here at Mt. Tabor Dental, Dr. Morrow and his team are friendly and professional, striving to provide comfortable and relaxing experience for every patient.
Your beautiful smile and dental health cannot wait!! Contact us at Mt. Tabor to schedule your next visit.