The Slippery Slope of Tooth Decay

When decay in teeth begins, there’s usually a slippery slope effect that makes the correction challenging to achieve.  The causes of decay are numerous, but the main culprit is the presence of bacteria in your mouth.  Sugar based foods are where the bacteria growth begins.  When the bacteria uses that “sugary” food to live and reproduce, that acid is produced from the bacteria that is able to dissolve the enamel layer of the tooth. 

Foods high in carbohydrates is a source of sugar based material.  Anytime carbohydrates are decompressed to lower material, simple sugars like glucose and fructose is produced.  Most carbohydrates are eventually is decompressed to simple sugars that include glucose and fructose.  Foods that break down into simple sugars in the mouth are called “fermentable carbohydrates” and are not limited to cakes, candy, and cokes.    

These acids that are produced begin to eat at and dissolve the material of the teeth.  As you eat more food, your teeth is exposed that much more to a potential acid attack.  It is that acid attack that leads to tooth decay.  By dissolving the calcium and phosphates inside the mouth, the acid attack leads to the weakening of the teeth themselves.  The loss of the minerals develops beneath the surface of the enamel even though the surface may still be smooth.

Fluoride treatment is one way to repair the damage from acid attack if caught in the earlier strategies.  But once the decay breaks through the enamel to cause a cavity, that damage is permanent. 

Dr. Coates has many options to address those with cavities.  With an office in Long Beach, dental Implants or even cosmetic dentistry veneers are just a few of the option that Dr. Coates may suggest to correct this case.  With years of quality service practicing the disciplines of dental in Long Beach Ca, Dr. Coates is available to address your dentistry needs.


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