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The Prominent Role Bacteria Play in Cavities

February 24, 2019
Posted By: Thomas P. Riley, DMD
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When you were a kid, your parents probably told you that sugar was bad for your teeth and caused cavities. They were right, of course, but to this day, you may not know why you should avoid sweets.

If you do get a cavity, however, your dentist uses tooth-colored fillings in Summerville to repair the damage and restore your healthy smile.

It Starts with Bacteria in Your Mouth

If you picture sugar sitting on your teeth and eating away at dental enamel, you’re partially right. But sugar is only the first step in the chain of events that lead to dental decay.

Immediately after you brush your teeth, a bacteria-laden biofilm called plaque starts to build up on your teeth. The bacteria in this film feed on the carbohydrates (sugar) in your mouth and produce acid as a byproduct.

How Acid Damages Your Teeth

It’s actually the acid that sits on your teeth that leads to decay, which is why your dentist and hygienist tell you to brush, chew sugarless gum, or rinse with water. If you don’t break the cycle that produces acid and lets it sit on your teeth, the damage goes beyond the surface enamel and causes cavities that threaten your oral health.

How Fillings Restore Your Oral Health

Fortunately, tooth-colored fillings can repair the damage and return your smile to full health. But the key is to catch decay in its early stages before it reaches the innermost portion of your tooth, leaving a root canal or even extraction as our only option. That’s why your dentist emphasizes the importance of routine exams and dental cleanings.

Call Today to Book Your Next Appointment

Dr. Thomas Riley and the team at Azalea Dental provide all the education and information you need to maintain a cavity-free smile. But if something goes wrong, tooth-colored fillings at our Summerville, SC dental office will restore your smile and your oral health.

Please call us to arrange your next exam and dental cleaning!

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