Tooth decay comes in the form of cavities, which occur when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys tooth enamel and the underlying dentin. Tooth decay can be a problem for children, teenagers, and adults. When we consume food and beverages that contain sugar, we increase our risk of developing cavities if we don’t adequately brush away the plaque that causes them. To keep your teeth healthy and free of decay, it’s important to maintain a rigorous oral care routine while visiting Dr. Fredrick Shaw twice a year for routine cleanings.
Cavities are most common among children, but they can develop in adults as well. If a patient doesn’t consistently brush and floss his or her teeth, the stickiness of plaque will produce harmful acids that attack and wear down tooth enamel. Once enamel has been destroyed, it will not fix itself and you may need dental bonding or fillings to repair it. To prevent decay at home, brush with fluoride toothpaste as fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth.
If you have questions or concerns about tooth decay, please give us a call. To learn more about services we provide at the practice, visit FredrickShawDDS.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.