Tooth decay and cavities are a prevalent problem today even with our youngest patients. Children need to be careful about brushing their teeth, and parents should make sure their child are on a good oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing teeth daily. Because food and bacteria can get trapped in between teeth and gums, kids need to be able to reach in between teeth and gums with their toothbrush in order to remove food debris. This avoids plaque and tartar buildup that cause tooth decay and cavities. At Dove Family Dentistry, our Memphis dental office specializes in prevention and treatment of cavities in both kids and adults.
Tooth decay happens when cavities that create holes in the teeth eat away at the tooth. Bacteria ends up staying inside the teeth and gums for too long, and the sugars inside can begin to eat away at the teeth and form substances called plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar hardens and is re-coated over the teeth daily, which is why it’s important to brush every day in order to remove it. An annual cleaning at our Memphis dental office is ideal so that we can get the harder pieces of tartar scraped off the teeth, which regular brushing and flossing alone cannot do.
Preventing cavities and tooth decay starts at home using the right oral hygiene regimen. Brushing teeth, flossing and having regular exams can all help combat tooth decay and keep the mouth clean. If bacteria and tooth decay are created in the mouth and not cleaned away, they can create gum disease and tooth loss. Gingivitis and other forms of gum disease can create deep pockets within the gums that harbor bacteria. Because germs thrive in an environment that is not clean, constant cleaning of the mouth is the best way to get rid of the germs and bacteria that multiply throughout the day.