The Causes of Cavities

The destruction of the tooth’s enamel is called tooth decay, and it can often result in a cavity. Maybe you grew up hearing that too much candy will result in these painful little developments, and you’ve been wary of cavities every since — many people have. Fortunately, there’s good news. Cavities can often be prevented through regular dental hygiene, such as brushing and flossing.

Something else to be aware of is the fact that a number of circumstances may fight regular teeth cleaning in the prevention of cavities; a few of these factors that can contribute to their development are:

  • Frequent snacking – if you snack several times throughout the day, the acid in the food will have a significant amount of time to develop and damage the teeth
  • Receding gums – when gums recede, plaque may form near the roots, which are more susceptible to decay as they are not protected by the tooth enamel
  • Specific food and drinks – food sticking to the teeth usually causes decay; plaque promoters are starchy food, sugar, honey, raisins, hard candy, milk, bread, and dry cereal
  • Bottled water – some people opt for bottled water, but tap water actually contains fluoride, which prevents tooth enamel from developing plaque

On top of regular brushing and being aware of the habit that lead to cavities, regular professional cleanings can be a great tool against tooth decay. At the office of Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., our team works with patients to obtain bright, beautiful smiles. Call us today at (512) 259-3365 to set up an appointment at our Leander office.