Farmington Dentist Explains the Real Cause of Cavities

Pretty SmileWe have spoken frequently over the months about various restorative options when your tooth has decay. But what causes the decay in the first place? If you have had a cavity, you are in good company. Over 90% of American adults will hear the words “you have a cavity” at some point in their lives. If you’re under the impression that sugar is the direct cause of rotting teeth, your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to give you a more expanded view of what causes tooth decay.

The Origin of Cavities

Sugar has a reputation for being very problematic to our dental health. This is justified, which is unfortunate if you have a “sweet tooth.” However, to call sugar the direct cause of tooth decay is like saying cheese gives you heart attacks. Both things contribute to these respective health issues, but they are not the direct reason that they happen. In the case of cavities, it all starts with Streptococcus mutans. When S. mutans consume sucrose (sugar or refined carbohydrates, they create lactic acid. The germs and the acid mix with food particles to create plaque. When the sticky biofilm called plaque hardens, it becomes tartar. This requires the attention of your dental hygienist to be properly cleaned off.

Catching Cavities Early

Too much plaque and tartar and not enough dental hygiene and visits to the dentist can mean lots of tooth decay and gum disease. Cavities don’t usually have very many symptoms in their earliest stages. This is why going to the dentist every six months is such a great idea. The earlier a cavity is detected, the smaller size of filling that will be required. Your damaged tooth can be cleaned, disinfected, and sealed with just a small amount of tooth-colored composite resin.

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