In Alabama and around the country, tooth decay is one of the most pervasive childhood dilemmas, yet tooth decay also affects adults. Decatur Smiles serves people from 30 to 70 years old to help fight tooth decay.
Blame it on Bacteria
Bacteria is the cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and come with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often bring about the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.
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, cavities can appear. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria flourish.
To help prohibit cavities, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.
Hello, my name is Stephanie Teichmiller. My practice, Decatur Smiles, is located at 1316 Somerville Rd SE Ste 2 Decatur, Alabama.- Dr. Stephanie Teichmiller, DMD