While it has been statistically confirmed that some people are genetically inclined to tooth decay, there are other factors that can make us more susceptible.

The harmful bacteria that lives in our mouths feeds on the sugars and starches in the foods that we consume.  A steady diet of unhealthy foods increases our risk for tooth decay.  Any food that can’t be washed away by the natural flow of saliva can get stuck in the teeth and fester there.

Brushing and flossing on a regular daily basis is an essential part of a successful routine for maintaining good oral health.  Neglecting home care is just asking for trouble.  It is equally important to stick to a schedule for professional dental care.  Preventive measures like six month cleanings and x-rays as needed will go a long way to decrease the likelihood of any serious dental issues.

Tooth enamel is what keeps cavity causing bacteria from reaching the vulnerable inner layers of the teeth.  Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and allows it to do its job.  Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and following up with an antibacterial mouthwash can help to prevent decay from infiltrating the enamel.

One indication of periodontitis is receding gums.  When the gum tissues breaks away from the teeth it allows room for cavity causing bacteria to collect there.  Early treatment of gum disease can prevent that from happening.

Stonegate Dental Care associates are prepared to treat your dental needs.   Patient well being is the top priority at Stonegate.  Call today @ 720-851-7069.

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