Dental Health: Preventing Tooth Decay

Preventing Tooth Decay in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma City and around the country, tooth decay is one of the most widespread childhood issues, yet tooth decay also affects adults. OKC Smiles is committed to fighting tooth decay in each of its patients, and to ensuring their dental health.

Blame it on Bacteria

The cause of tooth decay is bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and commingle with plaque and acids to damage the enamel coating on teeth. The breakdown of tooth enamel can often bring about the development of the small holes known as cavities.

Lifestyle Factors

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, dental caries can ensue. Foods to forgo include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria thrive.

To help prevent cavities, start by limiting sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and visit us for regular check-ups and cleanings. This is one of the most important things anyone can do to prevent tooth decay.

The team at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City is committed to the dental health of each of its patients. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-634-7303

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930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170