You might think to yourself that since sugar can lead to cavities, as long as you avoid sweets, you’ll enjoy perfect oral health. While it is definitely helpful to avoid sugar if you’re hoping to prevent tooth decay, it’s not going to completely stop decay from forming. You see, sugar is not the only problem when it comes to the softening and decaying of your enamel (and possibly deeper tissues). We’d like to provide you with a bit more information, so you know why cavities are forming even if you’re skipping dessert.
Other Issues Cause Decay
It’s not just sugar that leads to decay. It’s important that you remember the plaque on your teeth will release acids, whether they eat sugars or carbohydrates. It’s also important to remember that when you drink acidic drinks (pretty much anything other than water), this can also contribute to the softening of your enamel. When your enamel becomes vulnerable and weak, soft spots can turn into cavities. Bacteria will continue to release their acids, the tissue will continue to break down, and you’ll have tooth decay in your smile! In summary: Sugars, carbs, and acids are the enemy!
You’ve Got To Clean That Smile!
Whether you eat a lot of sugar, carbohydrates, and acidic drinks or not, your smile needs to be cleaned. This, as mentioned, is because plaque will coat your teeth daily. Remove the plaque (and the sugars, carbs, acids, etc.) with rinsing and brushing and flossing and you prevent tooth decay. See us for cleanings to remove all the stuff you miss during dental hygiene sessions and then you can really keep cavities at bay.
Stop Cavities From Forming With Dental Cleanings
Come in for additional education and the cleanings you need to remain cavity free! We can fill you in on all of the information you need. Visit us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA by contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.