Cupertino Dentist Explains Tooth Decay

thinking guyHave you ever had a cavity? If you have, then you’re far from alone. In fact, over 90% of adults in America have had tooth decay in at least one of their permanent teeth. If you’ve retained the tooth in question, then chances are that you were able to treat it in time to save it, likely with a dental filling or a root canal procedure (for more serious cases). Otherwise, when left unchecked, tooth decay can work to destroy your entire tooth structure, leading to the loss of the tooth or the need for extraction. Luckily, the silent epidemic is preventable with the right combination of adequate hygiene and professional dental care. To help you prevent cavities their recurrence, Cupertino dentist, Dr. Randall LaFrom, explains the science behind tooth decay.

Converting Sugars to Acid

You may know that controlling dental plaque is important (and the reason for brushing your teeth every day). Plaque’s danger lies in the oral bacteria that comprise its makeup, some of which undergo dangerous physiological processes that can damage your oral tissues. For instance, the germ Streptococcus mutans consumes sugar and other carbs in your meals and converts them into organic acids. Though not as immediately devastating as its sulfuric cousin, lactic acid is still corrosive and can weaken your tooth enamel (your tooth’s strong, natural protective layer of mineral crystals). In time, small holes can develop in your enamel, allowing bacteria access to your tooth’s vulnerable main structure, instigating infection and decay.

The Consequences of Poor Oral Hygiene

Typically, tooth decay is a result of poor oral hygiene. Neglecting to brush and floss, or doing so haphazardly, can allow the bacteria in your mouth to grow unchecked, forming dental plaque to protect them and adhere to your teeth. Careless tooth brushing will not remove all of the plaque from your teeth and these germs can have plenty of time to go about their destructive business.

Treating Tooth Decay in Cupertino

To learn how you can improve your chances of saving your teeth a lot of trouble, schedule a consultation with your Cupertino dentist by calling LaFrom Dentistry at (408) 996-8595. Located in the 95014 area, we proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on April 26, 2013.

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