Kenneth R. Ronzo, DDS
Serving the Greater Rochester area
From the time we’re children, we learn about the importance of proper brushing to prevent teeth cavities. Unfortunately, it’s not always enough.
What are teeth cavities?
Cavities are holes in the teeth resulting from acid attacks. They generally start in the enamel and can spread to the softer inner layer of the tooth. Decay also occurs when foods containing carbohydrates become trapped between teeth, failing to be removed with brushing and flossing. Bacteria living in the mouth digest these foods, generating acidic byproducts that can eat away at tooth enamel.
How Can I Prevent Teeth Cavities?
Fluoride helps prevent cavities by slowing the breakdown of enamel and speeding up the remineralization process. The new enamel crystals that form are harder, larger and more resistant to acid. Common fluoride sources are fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste, and some mouth rinses. Inform us if your drinking water is not fluoridated. We may recommend that you use high-concentration fluoride treatments.
To help strengthen weak spots, and help prevent the early stages of tooth decay, brush regularly with a fluoride toothpaste. Daily brushing as well as regular flossing and professional cleanings, will help prevent cavities and help preserve your oral health.