Why are cavities the most common dental problem?

No one is happy to hear from their dentist that they have a cavity, though tooth decay is one of the most common dental concerns that can develop. Even the most prudent patients who brushes and flosses after every meal may still be diagnosed with a cavity. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of Pittsford, NY educates patients on how easily these cavities can form and what can be done to protect the smile.

Formation of cavities

Dental decay starts with bacteria in the mouth that clings to the natural tooth enamel can causes the erosion known as a cavity. Acids can from with the sugars and carbs in our natural diet and eat away at the structure of a tooth. Because it is simple for cavities to form—even with thorough brushing and flossing after every meal—it is common for patients to have one or more cavities during their lifetime.

Poor oral health habits

Leaving foods on the teeth after meals and snacks contributes to the development of plaque and bacteria in the smile, which can cause decay to form. Patients need to brush their teeth after every meal, and floss when possible—though once a day is often sufficient in removing food particles from between the teeth.

Routine dental visits

Because cavities can form so easily, it is essential that patients visit their dental team regularly. The American Dental Association recommends that all patients see their dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and evaluation. During this time, both the dental hygienist and the dentist will examine the smile for signs of decay or disease. With an early diagnosis and treatment, many patients can effectively restore their smiles with fillings or other cosmetic repairs.

Call DeStefano Dentistry today

Routine evaluations are important in catching the formation of cavities in the earliest stages. If you live in the community of Pittsford, NY or any of the surrounding cities, we encourage you to take the first step  in protecting your smile by calling out office for an appointment. DeStefano Dentistry is conveniently located at 600 Kreag Road and can be reached by phone at (585) 248-2383.

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