Dental Tips Blog

Dec
18

How Do Cavities Form?

Posted in Fillings

No one likes hearing that they have a new cavity and need yet another filling. It could feel like you’re chasing them down every dental visit.

What makes teeth prone to growing spots of decay?

The Culprits of Tooth Decay

You could chalk up the cause of cavities to bacteria. A cavity isn’t just one rotten spot – it’s the result of a high concentration of cavity-causing bacteria. These bacteria are everywhere in the mouth, but when they stay in one spot too long, they’ll cause a cavity.

These bacteria produce a waste product that’s acidic to teeth. So as the germs thrive on a tooth, they gradually eat their way through it. The acid wears down tooth enamel and creates a cozy little hole for the bacteria to live in.

And boom! A cavity.

A cavity finds it’s way straight through the tooth to the soft inner chamber of nerves. At this point, you’re looking at an infection called an abscess.

Where Does Sugar Come In?

Sugar and other simple carbohydrates can have an acidic effect on tooth enamel. Exposing your teeth to lots of sugar and sticky carbs will definitely speed up the cavity process by weakening your teeth.

What’s more, cavity-causing bacteria live off of the sugar you eat. Their only job is to transform sugar into acid – the acid which permanently damages your teeth.

Repairing Cavities

First, your dentist has to clean out all the damaged structure left behind by a cavity. All traces of infected tooth are cleaned away and the delicate hole is sealed up with a filling.

Ask your dentist to find out what else you can do to prevent cavities.

Posted on behalf of:
The Grove Family Dentistry
6200 Center St Suite I
Clayton, CA 94517
(925) 350-8592

Sep
10

Smile-Friendly Lunches to Take Back to School

It will soon be time to think about preparations for a new school year. Perhaps your kids aren’t very excited about this, but even so, you want to give them a great start for another successful year. Power their creativity and ability to learn with healthy lunch options! The following are some ways you can ensure that their lunches will preserve a healthy smile.

Aim to Pack Things Like: fresh fruits and vegetables; whole grain breads and crackers; milk, cheese and yogurt; nuts; water.

Avoid: Sports drinks; soda; gummy snacks; sweet processed snack foods.

Tips

  • Encourage your child now to start drinking water and unsweetened beverages.
  • Look for foods that are high in calcium and vitamin C, but low in sticky, sugary carbohydrates.
  • Whole grains and the fibers of fresh fruits and vegetables reduce the amount of harmful plaque that can grow in your child’s mouth.
  • Get the little ones involved in packing their lunches–they will be more excited to eat healthy food they helped to make!
  • Try substituting healthier options one at a time into your child’s diet.
  • Prepare healthy lunch items in advance and store them in the refrigerator so that lunches can be quickly assembled (i.e., slice cheese, wash fruits, prepare vegetables, and store them in separate containers).
  • Always recommend rinsing with water after eating. Even calcium-rich foods such as dairy products contain some sugars that can harm teeth.

Healthy Lunch Examples

A turkey sandwich on whole-grain bread, a peeled and sliced kiwi, carrot sticks, and a handful of almonds.

Celery sticks with peanut butter, an apple, cheddar cheese slices, and a yogurt.

Tuna or chicken salad, whole grain crackers, strawberries, milk, and sweet pepper slices.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

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