5 Common Causes Of Tooth Decay You Should Know

woman suffering from tooth pain

Having tooth decay is such an unpleasant experience because of the pain it brings. However, it can be prevented once the causes are known.

1. Eating food with high sugar content and carbohydrate

Foods high in sugar as well as starchy ones are the most common cause of tooth decay. After eating these foods, one should make sure the tooth are brushed to kill the chances of bacteria breeding on them.

2. Skipping regular brushing and flossing

Going without brushing twice daily (in the morning and last at night) will leave tooth decayed as it would become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Brushing daily, flossing and getting regular dental checks help prevent tooth decay.

3. Low Fluoride

Fluoride keeps gives tooth resistance to acids caused by plagues and generally makes them stronger where this is absent, the tooth will be prone to decay.

Fluoride are present in toothpastes and water.

4. Smoking

Smokers ( and even second hand smokers) stand a great risk of having enamels and gum eroded which eventually leads to tooth decay.

5. Dry mouth

A dry mouth or one without enough saliva leaves the tooth at a greater risk of decay where otherwise saliva would have helped to ‘wash away’ sugar that ends up causing bacteria.


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