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The Prominent Role Bacteria Play in Cavities

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How savvy do you think you are you about your oral health? Not just brushing and flossing, but the process that actual process that occurs that causes cavities?

Most of us were taught that sugar causes cavities but not why. If you envision sugar sitting on your teeth, eating away dental enamel, and creating cavities, you’re only partially right. Sugar is just the beginning of the cavity-causing process.

The Role Bacteria Play in Oral Health

As you ingest food and drinks throughout your busy day, a bacteria-filled biofilm called plaque develops on your teeth. Researchers estimate that there are between 500 and 650 different species of bacteria that can live in the oral cavity, adding up to millions of total bacteria present at any given moment.

These bacteria feed on carbohydrates (sugar) in your mouth, and as they do, they produce acid as a byproduct.

How Acid Damages Your Teeth

If you don’t interrupt the process by brushing, chewing sugarless gum, or rinsing your mouth with water, all that bacteria-laden plaque lingers on your teeth. While it does, the acid it produces eats away at dental enamel. Over time, the damage penetrates deeper into the tooth forming cavities and threatening not just your teeth, but also your gum health.

Professional Dental Cleanings Can Help

You can minimize much of the damage acid caused by brushing and flossing conscientiously. But at-home oral hygiene alone can’t reach all the places where bacteria hide and thrive. During your six-month dental cleanings in Orland Park, IL, however, your dental hygienist uses specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar that builds up over time.

The result is teeth that are so clean you can feel the difference when you run your tongue along them. Now all you have to think about is keeping your teeth as clean as you possibly can by brushing twice a day and flossing and booking your next cleaning appointment in six months.

Please call Orland Oaks Dental so we can arrange a dental cleaning appointment to discuss your personal oral health goals and how we can help you achieve them.