Question 1: What causes tooth decay?
Dr. Madden: One of the main causes of tooth decay is the consumption of sugary foods and beverages. People often forget to brush their teeth after eating a chocolate bar or drinking a can of soda pop. Unfortunately, this leads to the accumulation of plaque on the teeth, which is extremely destructive to the tooth enamel.
Tooth decay is caused by a variety of things. In medical terms, cavities are called caries, which are caused by long-term destructive forces acting on tooth structures such as enamel and the tooth’s inner dentin material.
Question 2: Do you have any tips for preventing tooth decay?
Dr. Madden: Patients are always advised to brush and floss after every snack and meal. A sugarless gum can be helpful as well. Patients who desire additional treatment can request special tooth varnishes and sealants.
About Robert Madden, DDS, MBA: Dr. Madden operates Southwest Family Dentistry in the Denver, Colorado, area.