Have you ever heard the term “dental caries” and wondered what it means? If so, you’re not alone. Dental caries, also known as cavities, is a common infectious disease that affects people of all ages. At Smile 360 Dental Specialists, we’re passionate about promoting excellent oral health, and that includes understanding how to prevent cavities.

What is Dental Caries?

Dental caries is the breakdown of teeth caused by acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. When you eat sugary foods and drinks, these bacteria feed on the sugars and produce acid as a byproduct. This acid wears away at the hard surface of your teeth (enamel), creating tiny holes called cavities.

Left untreated, cavities can lead to a number of problems, including:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Infection
  • Tooth loss

How Can You Prevent Dental Caries?

The good news is that dental caries is largely preventable with a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups. Here are some key steps you can take:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth.
  • Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary foods and drinks.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help wash away food particles and bacteria.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with a dentist. At Smile 360 Dental Specialists, our experienced team can provide thorough cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup, as well as detect cavities early on when they are easier and less expensive to treat.

Smile Bright with Smile 360 Dental Specialists

At Smile 360 Dental Specialists, we offer comprehensive dental care, including cavity prevention and treatment. Our team of highly skilled dentists utilizes advanced techniques and equipment to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Call us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you prevent dental caries and keep your smile healthy for years to come.

Remember, a healthy smile is a happy smile!