Tooth Decay

Plaque, a clear substance that builds up on the teeth, contains the bacteria that feed on sugar. As these bacteria eat, they create acid. The acid can begin attacking the enamel on your teeth as quickly as 20 minutes after you eat. If this damaging plaque isn’t removed through brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups, the acids can destroy the enamel on your teeth, and cause the teeth to decay.

Where Can Tooth Decay Form?

Tooth decay often occurs between two teeth and in the grooves of the back teeth. Back teeth are more difficult to keep clean because they are harder for most toothbrushes to reach and the bristles can’t always get into all the grooves. Decay has also been known to form at the tooth root and can even go below the gum line, which is why it’s so important to be brushing your gums as well as your teeth.

There are some things that can cause you to be more vulnerable to tooth decay. These factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Improper oral hygiene
  • Eating foods high in sugar
  • Not enough fluoride
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking, chewing tobacco, or secondhand smoke

The treatment for tooth decay all depends on how advanced it is, but the sooner you get it treated, the better. Please make an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Cejka, at Front Range Smiles if you have any of the above factors – it may be time to get your plaque situation checked out!

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