Find out the main culprits responsible for the development of dental cavities.
Cavities are still the most common dental disorder that affects both children and adults. Learn more about how you can prevent cavities and what could be causing them from your Virginia Beach, VA dentists Dr. Dr. Ron Kondoff.
What causes dental cavities?
Cavities are the result of bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth live off the foods and drinks we consume such as carbohydrates (e.g. white breads, cereals and cakes) and sugar (e.g. candy, sodas, juices and energy drinks), which they quickly turn to acid. And as you can imagine, acid isn’t very good for your teeth. In fact, these acid attacks can wear away healthy tooth enamel, causing cavities.
What are the signs that I have a cavity?
Most of the time you won’t even know you have a cavity. The only way is to come in every six months so our Virginia Beach, VA general dentists can perform our routine checkups. We will use special instruments to check for soft spots in your teeth or X-rays might be used to detect the presence of a cavity.
However, those who have had a cavity for a while might experience dental pain, particularly when eating or drinking something hot or cold.
How can I prevent a dental cavity?
One of the surefire ways to prevent cavities is to stay away from processed carbohydrates and sugar as much as possible. Unfortunately, sugar is most foods that we eat. This means spending a little more time shopping for wholesome veggies, lean protein sources, low-fat dairy and other healthy food items that don’t come from frozen dinners or prepared meals. Opt for smile-friendly snacks like nuts, fruit or even cheese instead of a candy bar from the vending machine.
Your oral care routine is also important for a healthy smile. You must be dedicated to brushing and flossing regularly and thoroughly if you want to protect your teeth from decay. While we know that avoiding sugar altogether might be a big challenge, brushing at least twice a day and flossing right before bedtime can often reduce exposure to these detrimental acid attacks.
Of course, no dental care regimen is complete without coming into our Virginia Beach dental office every six months for routine care. Prevention is key to keeping your smile healthy. Call Dr. Kondoff today to schedule your next appointment.