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Studies show that tooth decay is one of the most common disease found amongst Americans.  This affects both adults and pediatrics and is often completely preventable.  The best way to prevent tooth decay and maintain strong, healthy, beautiful teeth is to understand the cause of the problem.  Dr. Finley and the team  at Finley Dentistry have a few important facts for you to keep in mind.

 

How Do Cavities Form?

Cavities develop when there is sugar present on the enamel.  In most cases, these sugars come from the food you eat.  As the sugar sits on the teeth for extended periods of time, tiny microorganisms begin to create acidic materials which cause gradual erosion.  As the acidic seeps into the teeth, small holes (or cavities) are formed.  Cavities are dangerous because they bring along dangerous oral bacteria and compromised teeth.

 

How Can I Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay?

The best way to prevent cavities and tooth decay is very simple: eat healthier and brush regularly!  Brushing should be done at least twice per day, with a fluoride based toothpaste and soft brush.  Additionally, it is important to be very conscious of brushing all oral surfaces, including molars (teeth in the very back of the mouth), where cavities are most common.

 

You Are What You Eat!

Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet is a sure way to prevent potential future cavities.  It is especially important to cut out processed sugars as much as possible.  Sodas, fruit juices from concentrate and candy (especially gummies) are some of the most common offenders.  If you must consume these snacks and beverages, it is important to brush away any residue on the enamel immediately after consumption.