New Insights Into the Causes of Cavities
There are quite a few ways a person can end up with a cavity. Many people connect cavities with poor oral hygiene however, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes cavities can stem from a spot that’s impossible to reach even with regular brushing and flossing. The best way to combat cavities is to look at how they’re actually formed. These facts will bring new insights into the causes of cavities, which should effectively help patients understand and combat this issue even better.
The Science Behind It
Our mouths are a breeding ground for bacteria. This bad bacteria causes decay, bad breath, tartar, etc. This same bacteria likes to take the sugars and starches from the food and drinks we consume and turn it into acid. This acid then eats away at the enamel on our teeth and gets down to the layers under the protective enamel, and continues to eat away, going deeper and deeper. When we don’t remove this from our teeth, it can cause decay to happen which turns out to be a cavity.
Cavities commonly pop up on the back teeth we largely use for chewing our food. This is because they have pits and fissures on their flatter tops. These pits and fissures are impossible to effectively clean, even with a consistent and stellar daily oral hygiene routine. This means that over time the junk will get built up in those pits and fissures no matter how good we are at brushing every day. If left untreated, this can quickly turn into a cavity situation.
Of course, it stands to show that if brushing doesn’t occur on a regular basis, cavities will be a reality throughout the entire mouth, not just the chewing teeth. This is because bacteria is left to keep converting sugar and starch into acid, and the buildup only gets worse the longer it’s left.
How to Combat Cavities
Of course, it’s pretty well-known that the best way to combat cavities is by keeping up with a regular, daily oral health routine. This in and of itself is one of the best ways to keep your teeth beautiful and healthy. However, regular checkups with your dentist are a must and are suggested every six months. Special tools are needed to ensure that any buildup that can’t be washed away with regular brushing and flossing, is removed, in order to keep teeth and gums healthy. Another way to combat cavities on those chewing teeth is to get sealants. These are often suggested starting at a young age in order to protect the adult teeth. Sealants protect those pits and fissures on the chewing surface of your back teeth to make sure no food particles or bad bacteria get built up in them.