We all tend to slack off every now and then when it comes to keeping our teeth clean. But proper and constant care for our teeth is essential in avoiding tooth decay. What may start as a small cavity can become a more serious problem, and ultimately will lead to decay and tooth loss. To keep your teeth healthy and free from the risks of decay, let West Village Dental Care fill you in.
As your Dearborn, MI dental office, West Village Dental and the staff here care about the health of our patients’ teeth. We know the problems tooth decay can lead to, and how to prevent it altogether.
What Is Tooth Decay
Most often, tooth decay is caused by constant exposure to harmful acids from the foods and drinks we consume. At all times, there are bacteria residing in our mouths. This bacteria feeds off the sugar from what we eat and drink to form plaque on the surface of our teeth, which is harmful to our tooth enamel.
Tooth enamel, as well as saliva, protects our teeth from decay. However, when bacteria and sugar combine, the acids created begin to wear down our enamel, and saliva can only do so much to prevent decay. Fluoride is a great way to further protect our teeth, but we recommend patients also avoid the many factors that lead to decay.
There’s a variety of foods, drinks, and other factors that work to wear down tooth enamel. Every patient should consume these in moderation, and be sure to brush directly after. Take a look at some promoters of tooth decay below:
- Fruit Drinks
- Acid Reflux
- Dry Mouth
- High-sugar foods
Keep Teeth Clean
Your first line of defense in avoiding tooth decay should be a thorough oral hygiene routine. That includes brushing and flossing twice a day or more. You can also add a fluoride wash into the mix for further protection, as fluoride protects your tooth enamel. Additionally, every patient should visit Dr. Chris Mei twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings.
Contact Dr. Mei and West Village Dental Care in Dearborn today to schedule an appointment. You can also call us at 313.563.4466. We offer a variety of services to protect and repair your teeth.