A cavity is a hole in the tooth that is caused when bacteria found in plaque consumes sugars of the food we eat. As a result, these bacteria produce acids that destroy tooth enamel. The best way to prevent cavities (tooth decay) is brushing twice a day with ADA approved fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and going to your regular dental check ups.
However, certain patients are more prone to developing cavities due to imbalances in their oral environments. New research on cavities and what causes them has shown that acidic oral environments combined with a high amount of cavity-causing bacteria creates the perfect storm for dental decay. Patients who fall into this category may develop dental decay, even with good oral hygiene habits!
Caries risk assessment is a diagnostic method we use to identify these issues before irreversible damage has occurred. By assessing the balance between risk factors for the disease and protective factors keeping you healthy, we can greatly reduce patients’ risk for developing future cavities.
Have you heard any of these myths about cavities?
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