Understanding Why Cavities Happen

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Regrettably, we all get dental cavities, regardless of our age. If you have your original chompers, you may develop cavities. When bacteria stay on your chompers for too much time, acid develops and breaks away at your protective layers of teeth to create cavities.

Fortunately, there are some methods to lower your likelihood of developing cavities. With some discipline, you can keep these habits to protect your teeth.

-Brush your teeth with toothpastes containing fluoride. Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, toughens enamel, making it more difficult for bacterial acids to pierce the enamel. If you’re brushing twice daily, you’re also getting rid of plaque-forming bacteria and acids from your mouth.

-Floss daily. When done right, flossing can be a helpful way to fortify your oral health. Use about 18 inches of floss per session and use clean sections of floss for each tooth.

-Drink water with fluoride in it. Many public water supplies contain fluoride, so if you’re getting your right dosage of H20 every day, you’ll be getting a bunch of fluoride!

And of course, you should be going to Grant R Young DDS for frequent checkups. To set up your next dental appointment in our Wausau, Wisconsin, office, give us a call at 715-845-6222. Dr. Grant R Young will help you keep your teeth protected from tooth decay.