What Causes Decay?

Tooth decay is caused by specific bacteria.

Dental decay is the result of a tooth surface + time + bacteria + fermentable carbohydrates. Tooth decay is caused by specific bacteria that produce acids in the presence of sugars. These bacteria produce lactic acid which sits on the tooth and gradually demineralizes the tooth enamel. To prevent tooth decay we have to remove one of four requirements.

Mechanical removal of the bacteria from brushing and flossing is the easiest way to reduce your risk of decay. Also reducing the amount of fermentable carbohydrates consumed will lower your risk. Developing good oral hygiene practices and eating habits will protect your teeth for life. If you are unsure of the correct way to clean your teeth then pop in and say hello and we can go through proper tooth brushing techniques. Remember to call us on (07) 5442 7556 to make an appointment.

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