Tooth decay is one of the most pervasive childhood issues, and it also affects adults. That’s just one of the reasons why regular dental checkups at Town Dental Group in Mint Hill are so important.

Blame it on Bacteria

The cause of tooth decay is bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and commingle with plaque and acids to erode the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can lead to the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

Lifestyle Factors

Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed  throughout the day, tooth decay can appear. Foods to bypass include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria flourish.

To help prevent cavities, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

At Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, we encourage our patients to see us for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.