Tooth decay often causes cavities and can be found in patients of all ages. Although bacteria and sweet foods are usually associated with tooth decay, the condition can actually be more complex and may interact with a variety of lifestyle factors. By understanding the common causes of tooth decay, patients may find it easier to reduce their risk of suffering from this problem in the future.
Tooth decay essentially results from acid production by bacteria that live in the mouth. Depending on heredity, what a person eats, how hard the teeth are and how thorough regular cleaning is, teeth may decay quickly, more slowly or not at all. When sugary or starchy foods are eaten, the teeth may become sticky and develop plaque composed of food particles and bacteria. Over time, the plaque can harden into tartar and contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Acidic foods and drinks, including coffee, lemons and pickles, can also contribute to tooth decay by making the teeth more vulnerable to erosion by bacteria. With regular visits to our dentist in Houston, patients can keep their teeth cleaner and have decaying teeth treated to prevent long-term complications.
Depending on the severity of tooth decay, our dentist may recommend fillings, crowns, root canal treatment or extraction and replacement. When tooth decay has progressed to a serious infection, treatment by our expert in root canal in Houston can let patients keep their natural teeth and all of their benefits. A consultation with our dentist can be scheduled to learn more about tooth decay and its causes and treatments.
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