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Can You Reverse Cavities?

September 29, 2021 10:23 pm

Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in your mouth eat your dietary sugar and produce acidic byproducts. This acid eats away at the crystalline mineral structure of teeth, causing areas of weakness. Permanent areas of damaged enamel manifest as small holes called cavities.

How to Reverse Early-Stage Decay

If caught early, it is possible to reverse tooth decay before a filling is needed. Early-stage decay can be fixed by promoting more remineralization than demineralization. You can help your child do this by: improving the frequency and quality of their brushing and flossing; providing them with a balanced diet low in sugary foods and drinks; and bringing them to their cleanings and exams every six months. At these visits, we can also apply a fluoride varnish to their teeth to help fortify them against decay.

Cavity Prevention in Kerrville, TX

Any natural tooth is susceptible to tooth decay. But children who still have baby teeth tend to be more vulnerable to decay and cavities. This is because the enamel on baby teeth is thinner and softer than permanent teeth. Kids can also struggle with consistent and thorough brushing and flossing.

Bacteria eat sugar so if your child’s diet is high in carbohydrates, harmful bacteria in their mouth have lots of fuel to produce damaging acids. Frequent snacking and grazing throughout the day also further encourages the accumulation of bacteria and production of acid.

Healthy oral health habits like brushing, flossing, eating a balanced diet, and visiting Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry for cleanings will help your child reverse early-stage decay and avoid cavities. If you have any questions about how to care for your child’s oral health or if you want to schedule their next appointment at our office, please contact us today! We offer comprehensive dentistry and relaxing amenities for patients for children and teenagers in Kerrville, TX.

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