When it comes to cavity prevention, the most important element is you. Your oral health is dependent upon your commitment to being proactive in order to achieve and maintain a healthy smile that will last you for life. Even those who are prone to developing cavities can find success in preventing cavities from forming. By taking the time to develop daily habits, you can help to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and tooth loss. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Cavities take time to form, which means that you have time to prevent them from forming. Each day, there are millions of bacteria within every human mouth. While this sounds a bit disgusting, these bacteria are actually there to help you. The bacteria inside the mouth are there to help break down the tiny food particles that are left behind after eating. However, if the bacteria are allowed to remain inside the mouth for a long period of time, their helpful assistance will quickly turn into harmful consequences. As bacteria work harder, they begin producing acids to assist them in breaking down food particles. Once the food particles are taken care of, the acids continue eating their way through whatever is around – typically your tooth enamel. When tiny holes are created in the tooth enamel, cavities have been created.
This is why cavity prevention is so important. There are three simple, yet extremely important steps in cavity prevention:
- Routine dental cleanings and checkups
Flossing and brushing help to remove plaque from the teeth. While tooth brushing loosens plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, floss is the only tool designed to reach in between the tight spaces of the teeth. Both need to be practiced on a daily basis for the greatest reward. Routine dental visits for cleanings and checkups are necessary to remove stubborn plaque and to check for any other vulnerabilities that put your teeth at risk.
Muccioli Dental is here in Johns Creek, and we want to partner with you in cavity prevention. Call our practice today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Randy Muccioli, Muccioli Dental
Muccioli Dental - Johns Creek Dentist
6300 Hospital Pkwy, Suite 275
Johns Creek, Georgia 30097
Phone: (678) 389-9955