Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Understanding and preventing tooth decay


Tooth decay is widespread.  One out of five children has tooth decay, yet it is 100% preventable and cavities can even heal, if they are addressed early enough.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria, which are passed from person to person.  We acquire them from our parents and loved ones, even as infants.  These bacteria enjoy eating simple carbohydrates (sugar) and they then excrete their toxins in the form of lactic acid.  Lactic acid then can sit on the teeth and demineralizes them which puts a hole in your tooth.  We call this kind of tooth damage a cavity. Left unattended or untreated the damage can extend deeper into the tooth.