Why Do Teeth Become Decayed?

Your teeth are designed to withstand harmful bacteria and powerful bite forces. However, they are not invulnerable. Your teeth can become decayed, which can lead to uncomfortable symptoms and eventually, a high risk of dental infection. Why do cavities form? Can we take steps to avoid the onset of tooth decay?

Try Our Tooth Decay Quiz

  1. True or False: Our diets can impact cavity risk.
  2. True or False: Tooth pain could be a warning sign.
  3. True or False: Brushing and flossing can help prevent a cavity.
  4. True or False: You should have your teeth examined and cleaned twice a year.

Answer Key

  1. True. The foods and drinks we consume can definitely impact our smiles. Foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches leave behind particles that bacteria can break down, coating teeth in plaque buildup in the process. Over time, the buildup can weaken tooth enamel and increase the chances of a cavity forming.
  2. True. Some of the earliest indicators of a problem include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a persistent toothache. If you experience discomfort in your smile, then please give us a call. We can examine your smile and see if your discomfort is related to tooth decay. We can then recommend treatment options, such as fillings or crowns.
  3. True. When you brush and floss you remove food particles and help cleanse the mouth of harmful bacteria. Doing so can reduce the risk of decay and protect your smile. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, every day.
  4. True. The doctor can identify the earliest possible warning signs of decay and recommend treatment before the issue progresses or leads to discomfort. In addition, a cleaning can remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, which limits the chances of decay occurring. You should have a checkup and cleaning twice a year.