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Understanding and Preventing Cavities & Tooth Decay

Cavities If you experience an unusual sensitivity to foods or beverages of a certain temperature (hot or cold), a localized pain near the gum line or even in your tooth, or if your teeth have changes in color… then you are experiencing the warning signs of cavities and tooth decay.

These most common oral problems are often caused by frequent exposure to certain typed of food, including foods that are rich in sugar and carbohydrates such a candy, soda, ice cream, and even milk…who would have thought!?

When left in a mouth that isn't flossed or brushed as often as it is needed, these materials can quickly break down and bacteria will go to work in the form of a colorless and sticky harmful substance best known as plaque.

Plaque works with leftover foot particles to form harmful acids which destroy enamel the tooth's outer surface and then into the inner dentin material. If these cavities are not treated early, they can lead to more serious problems which require more complex dental treatment such as a root canal.

Preventing Cavities and Tooth Decay in Chicago

Good oral hygiene practiced every single day is worth the effort! Brushing with fluoride toothpaste, as well as flossing and rinsing after every meal are recommended by your dentist for a reason! Speaking of which, the best way to treat and prevent cavities or tooth decay in Chicago is to visit your dentist regularly.

Believe it or not, your own saliva is also excellent at fighting cavities and tooth decay because of its special chemicals which work to effectively rinse away harmful materials. To ensure you are taking the best care possible of your mouth, chewing a sugarless gum will stimulate saliva production between brushing for additional tooth decay prevention and oral hygiene maintenance. And who doesn't enjoy chewing gum?!

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Oral hygiene is important for infants and young children, even before getting their first teeth. Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the sugar in some juices or in formula and breast milk. If left untreated, this problem can lead to premature decay of your baby's future primary teeth, and can even disrupt the proper formation of permanent teeth. To prevent this from happening, do not let your baby nurse on a bottle while falling asleep, and encourage toddlers to drink from a cup as early as possible. If you feel they need to fall asleep with a bottle make sure it only has water in it.

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