In North Dakota and around the country, tooth decay is one of the most widespread dental problems. Nine out of ten adults has at least one cavity, according to health authorities. That’s a frightening statistic. At Designer Smiles in Fargo, we want to prevent tooth decay in our patients.
Blame it on Bacteria
The cause of tooth decay is bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to erode the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.
Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed throughout the day, cavities can develop. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria prosper.
To help prevent decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting our office for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.
At Designer Smiles in Fargo we want all our patients to have the best possible dental health. Preventing cavities may sound like a losing battle, but it can be done! Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We welcome patients from West Fargo, Moorhead, and the surrounding area. Make an appointment today!
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