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Concerned Dentist in South East London Discusses the Dangers and Pitfalls of Dental Cavities

04 / 12 / 2011

Tooth cavities, also known as dental caries, are caused by tooth decay that results from a build up of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Dental cavities affect people of all ages, not just children with an exceptional sweet tooth. Having said that, excessive consumption of sweet foods and drinks are certain to cause tooth decay, and in turn, dental cavities, especially without proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for check ups and clean ups. Any sugar left over on your teeth is turned into acid by harmful bacteria in your mouth. The acid then breaks down the hard surface of your teeth in a process known as demineralization. As the surface of your teeth wear away from the acid, dental cavities are formed. In the advanced stages, dental cavities are visible to the naked eye and appear as holes and pits in your teeth. People who are suffering from gum diseases are more vulnerable to tooth decay because more of the tooth, especially the sensitive root areas, are exposed to plaque and tartar build up from inadequate dental care. If you are on certain medications, use alcohol or tobacco, you are more at risk of getting dental cavities. Your local dentist in South East London is able to catch the early stages of dental cavities at your next check up and clean up.

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