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What Causes Cavities?

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At North River Dental Care, we strive to help our patients prevent dental disease with superb oral health habits. Tooth decay and cavities are common dental issues. In this blog post, we discuss what causes cavities and how you can prevent them.

Cavity Formation 101

When bacteria in your mouth feast upon your dietary sugars and starches, they produce acids. Over time, these acids dissolve the mineral structure of your tooth enamel, which is the protective outer layer of your teeth. If weakened enamel is not sufficiently remineralized, it will deteriorate and develop pits and holes called cavities. Both baby teeth and adult teeth can develop cavities if the right preventive steps ...

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Does Preventive Dental Care Reduce the Risk of Cavities?

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Wondering if preventive dental care really is that necessary? Well as Benjamin Franklin famously once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It may seem easy to get a little loose with your at-home dental regimen and to skip out on your annual dental visits when you don’t think you have any issues. The problem is, that could be costing your health even more in the long run. A little bit of preventive care can keep more serious problems (that are also more expensive to treat) at bay.

The Power of Daily Brushing & Flossing

Preventive dental care isn’t just a service you get at the ...

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Tooth Decay 101

Brunette woman smiles and holds a magnifying glass over her smile free of cavities and tooth decay

Fall is here, which means cooler winds, falling leaves, and holiday traditions. Some of these holiday traditions may include foods that aren’t the best for your oral health. As we head into the cozy season of Halloween candy, pumpkin pie, gingerbread, and candy canes, it’s important to protect yourself against tooth decay. Read on to learn how tooth decay develops. We also suggest a few cavity prevention tips.

How Tooth Decay Occurs

Enamel, the outer layer of teeth, demineralizes and breaks down with poor oral hygiene and an unhealthy diet. When oral bacteria consume your dietary sugar, they produce damaging acids that erode enamel. These bacteria accumulate into a sticky film called ...

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Tips to Reduce the Chance of Cavities

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Doesn’t it feel like a nice achievement when you visit the dentist and they tell you that you don’t have any cavities? We want you to always enjoy that feeling and a cavity-free smile! To help guide you to a future without dental decay, here are some cavity-prevention tips you can keep in mind:

1. Brush & Floss Daily

Seem like an obvious one? Maybe so, but it works. Brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis is really the best thing you can do to reduce your chance of developing tooth decay and cavities. To take it a step further, make sure you're using proper technique with your brushing and ...

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