How Do I Avoid Tooth Decay?

February 15, 2019

Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday, but a holiday that often involves suddenly receiving a number of sweets, including candy and chocolates. Too many sweets could mean our Olathe, KS, patients experience a higher risk of tooth decay. However, there are steps our patients can take to enjoy a reduced risk of developing cavities.

Candy and Cavities

How does too much candy lead to a cavity? Well, harmful bacteria loves breaking down sugar particles, the kind often left behind by candy, sweets, soda, and other sugary treats. In breaking down these particles, the oral acidity in your mouth elevates and the teeth become coated in plaque buildup. Plaque actually weakens tooth enamel, causing erosion that enables bacteria to move past the outer enamel and into the dentin, where a cavity then forms. People may soon develop tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, as well as aching teeth.

Tips for Preventing Cavities

How do you enjoy your sweets without causing a cavity? Well, try to limit how much you eat each day, the less the better. You should wash down your candy with a glass of water, which cleanses the smile without exposing your teeth to additional sugars or acids. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night also helps remove food particles, depriving harmful bacteria of a meal. Each brushing session should take two minutes and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride, which helps strengthen the outer tooth enamel. A routine dental visit every six months also allows our team to monitor your smile’s health, while also performing a thorough dental cleaning, which removes all plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth.

What if a Cavity Forms?

If you have an aching tooth, let us know. We will perform an exam to see if you have a cavity, and if so, we will offer a solution. In most cases, we place a dental filling, a lifelike restoration made from a metal-free composite resin. Placement involves removing the decay and cleaning your tooth. We then apply the material and shape the tooth as the filling cures under a light. We complete the procedure by polishing your teeth, which helps offer a more lifelike appearance. If you have any questions about preventing and treating cavities, then please let us know!

Do You Have Questions About Cavities?

We want to help you enjoy a healthy smile, one free of cavities and other common oral health concerns. To schedule a consultation and discuss our preventive treatment options, call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, and all surrounding communities.