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Victoria Ramos – D.M.D.  at Aleris Salem Dental Center
Elena Siniaver – D.M.D.  at Aleris Salem Dental Center

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

Cavities are damaged areas in the surface of your teeth that develop into tiny holes. Dental cavities are a major health problem globally, it may cause difficulties in eating and sleeping, and in their advanced stages lead to chronic systemic infection. Treatment depends on how bad the cavity is. Most often, the dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth and fills in the hole with a filling made of either a white filling or a tooth-colored composite resin. These materials are very strong and safe. Crowns are used when a tooth is so badly decayed.

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What Causes Cavities?

  • Sugary foods. It helps oral bacteria thrive. When sugar is on your teeth, bacteria feed on it, which leads to plaque formation.

  • Sugary drinks. Unlike sugary foods, sugary drinks are more likely to pass through smaller crevices in your teeth.

  • Lack of enamel. The enamel, or the tooth’s outer surface, is not able to grow back. Acids work to wear your tooth enamel away.

  • Lack of fluoride. Fluoride, a common ingredient in toothpaste and mouth rinses, helps prevent cavities.

  • Lack of tooth-brushing. Plaque forms quickly on your teeth after eating.

  • Acid reflux or GERD. Heartburn or GERD can lead stomach acid to go into the mouth, which wears away tooth enamel.

  • Dry mouth. Since saliva helps prevent tooth decay, a lack of it makes the mouth more susceptible to cavities.

Easy Tips to Prevent Cavities

  • Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. Fluoride toothpaste remineralizes tooth enamel, exerts antibacterial properties, and prevents further tooth decay.

  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush and floss teeth daily. It prevents tooth decay.

  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks and increase water intake. Avoid sticky and acidic foods. Rinse your teeth between meals.

  • Visit your dentist for regular dental checkups.

For more information, please call Aleris Salem Dental Center at (855) 745-0055 or contact us online. Schedule your consultation with the best dentists in Salem, MA!


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