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What Causes Tooth Decay?

June 30, 2021
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Posted By: Mount Waverley Smiles
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When it comes to tooth decay, also called dental cavities, there are several culprits, and some of them may surprise you. But if you do get a cavity, your dentist in Glen Waverley can provide a tooth-coloured filling to restore your tooth to health discreetly.

Tooth Decay Culprits

Here is a list of the common culprits when it comes to tooth decay.

  1. A diet high in sugar and acidity
  2. Skipping brushing and flossing sessions
  3. Lacklustre brushing and flossing sessions
  4. Missing dental checkups and teeth cleans
  5. Going to sleep with debris on your teeth
  6. Bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth)
  7. Untreated tooth chips and breaks
  8. Dry mouth or lack of saliva

Lowering Your Risks

When you lower your cavity risks, you also lower your chances of contracting other conditions, like gingivitis and gum disease. If you indulge in sweets, don’t hesitate to add an additional toothbrushing session to your daily routine. If you’re away from home, you can also try rinsing your mouth with water to clear some of the debris from your teeth. It is debris that becomes acidic and breaks your enamel that brings tooth decay.

Besides visiting your dentist regularly, brushing and flossing diligently, you can also lower your risks by choosing healthier snacks and less acidic and sugary beverages—nuts over candy, for example. Also, water is much better for your teeth than fruit juice or flavoured sodas.

Tooth Fillings in Our Dental Office

If you do develop a cavity and need a filling, we provide gentle dentistry in Mount Waverley. Your dentist ensures the area is completely numb before clearing the decay and placing your dental filling.

Is It Time for Your Next Dental Check-Up and Teeth Clean?

If it’s time for your dental exam and professional teeth clean, we encourage you to reach out to a team member to schedule your next visit with us today.

Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.