What Causes Tooth Decay and Cavities?

Have you ever had a cavity and wondered where it came from? Cavities are caused by tooth decay which softens tooth enamel and compromises the tooth structure. But what causes tooth decay, and as a result, cavities?

Common Causes of Tooth Decay

There are several causes of tooth decay to keep in mind:

Poor Oral Hygiene
Not brushing teeth regularly allows bacteria and plaque to form on and around teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing removes food particles from between teeth. Brushing teeth also prevents mineral loss, slowing the breakdown of tooth enamel.

Dry Mouth
Saliva helps wash away food particles and reduce plaque. If dry mouth is not treated, patients may be more prone to tooth decay as well as other dental problems like trouble chewing and swallowing food.

Sugary Foods and Drinks
Foods can become trapped between teeth and are not completely removed by brushing and flossing. Sugary foods and drinks can damage tooth enamel because of their acid content. In addition, acids produced by bacteria can cause cavities in teeth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

The professionals at Congressional Dental offer comprehensive and comfortable treatment to patients with cavities and tooth decay. Call our professionals at (301) 276-4694. You can also schedule an appointment with us online.