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Tooth decay is as ubiquitous as the common cold.  Children and young adults are the most frequently infected members of the population, but decay can occur at all ages.  Bacteria reside in the mouth, which is why it is crucial to brush and floss regularly.  The bacteria consequently break down food, especially those made of sugar and starch, and turn it into acid.  The combination of bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva are what eventually create plaque that adheres to our teeth.

Plaque can begin to form as quickly as twenty minutes after eating.  This is why it is extremely important to brush, floss, and rinse as frequently as possible.  If plaque remains on the teeth, the acid in it begins to eat a hole through the enamel of the tooth, resulting in a cavity.  In the beginning, however, cavities do not cause pain.  The discomfort begins once the tooth has been fractured as a result of the decaying process.  Cavities can become quite large and affect the nerves inside the tooth.

If cavities are left untreated a tooth-abscess can occur.  The more time that passes, the more tooth pulp is destroyed increasing the chances of losing the tooth.  If treated promptly, in most cases, the tooth can be fixed and saved.  We have professional staff that will happily to make an appointment in order to address any cavities or discomfort that you may be experiencing.

To avoid cavities, remember to brush for up to three minutes daily, use mouth rinse, and floss.  It is recommended to brush at least two to three times a day but also consider brushing after eating any snack or meal.  Early detection and prevention can make a world of difference when it comes to your oral healthcare.