Cavities can begin to form as soon as a tooth erupts through the gum line. From the moment a child reaches about six months of age and receives their first tooth, bacteria has the ability to attach to the tooth and create harmful acids that result in tooth damage. For more information about cavities, here are answers to some common questions:
How do cavities form?
Cavities form when the protective tooth enamel breaks down. When acids are left on the teeth, they eat away at the tooth enamel, forming a hole in the tooth that eventually leads into the root.
What are the best ways to wash away harmful acids?
Brushing and flossing, though basic, are still the best treatments against tooth decay and cavities. You could also rinse with mouthwash to wash away lingering acids and plaque after a meal. Chewing sugarless gum increase the production of saliva and neutralizes acid.
What food can increase my risk of cavities?
Sugary food and carbs are the most dangerous to teeth because the bacteria in your mouth converts the sugar into harmful acids that eat through tooth enamel. Sugary foods that are also sticky or hard are extra troublesome because they are more difficult to remove from your teeth and can linger on your smile for a long time.
For more information about treating cavities Beverly Hills, California, call 310-286-2241 and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Philippe Athuil. We look forward to having you at our office soon!