How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the destruction of the hard protective outer layer of your tooth’s enamel. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that constantly forms in your mouth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. Over time, these acid attacks weaken and destroy the enamel, forming a cavity.

Minerals such as calcium and phosphate in our saliva and fluoride from toothpaste, water, and other sources help the tooth enamel repair itself by replacing minerals lost during the acid attacks. By practicing good oral and dental hygiene you can avoid cavities and prevent tooth decay.

Follow these tips to prevent tooth decay:

Following these simple tips to prevent tooth decay will make a big difference when it comes to maintaining your healthy smile.