The plain truth about tooth decay
tooth decay

You may have heard of it, but do you know what causes it? That’s right, we’re talking about tooth decay.

The simple fact is this: tooth decay generally occurs when carbohydrates such as sugars and starches are left on our teeth. Whether we’re talking about breads, cereals, soda, candy or even last night’s steak and potatoes – if these things are left to sit on your teeth, it can cause tooth decay.

When the bacteria that lives inside your mouth digest the food left on your teeth, it turns the food into acid. This acid will actually dissolve the enamel surface of your teeth. The ensuing holes and bacterial deposits lead to cavities.

To prevent tooth decay, you must ensure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day. You ideally want to brush after each meal. Brushing before you go to bed should also become a daily habit.

Whether you use dental floss or inter-dental cleaners, getting between your teeth is critical. The crevices between each of your teeth provides a great spot for bacteria to feed on food particles.

Rinsing your mouth daily with mouthwash also goes a long way to keeping plaque-inducing bacteria in check.

Always remember your teeth are a reflection of what you eat. If you avoid sugary carbohydrates as much as possible and maintain proper oral hygiene, your teeth will be a shining reflection of your good health.