The Evolution of Tooth Decay
- Posted on: Jan 21 2013
Of course, brushing and flossing helps prevent tooth decay to ensure excellent oral and periodontal health by removing harmful bacteria. However, the activity in your mouth is easily influenced by the drinks and foods you consume, and the amount of stress you put on the teeth.
Tooth decay and cavities form for a number of reasons, and Carl Zimmer, a blogger for National Geographic, has crafted a wonderful article explaining the “evolution” of one of the key contributors to tooth decay: streptococcus mutans. Strep mutans is one of the hundreds of harmful bacteria living in our mouths.
The article simplifies it saying this bacterium “lives in the nooks of our teeth, feeding on carbohydrates. It excretes lactic acid as waste, and the acid eats away at the enamel on which it rests.” Strep mutans even cause more misery to our well-being, in which if it enters the bloodstream through damaged gum tissues, it can cause harm to our heart leading to health complications including heart disease, stroke, and much more.
This was a great and informative article–but a bit too simplified. While strep mutans is a key contributor to tooth decay, it’s just as important to control the pH in the mouth so the biofilm in the mouth will be less cariogenic and remineralization with Calcium, Phosphate, and Fluoride can occur. Furthermore, decay is caused by cracks in teeth from stress and poor eating habits.
As your Atlanta dentist, I understand there are a number of factors that contribute to tooth decay and cavities, and I’ll educate all my patients of these risks because if every patient (and their parents) truly learned all these risk factors, a decrease in early tooth decay and break down of teeth would occur. There are so many great products and techniques that put you in control of your own health.
In addition, the dental profession could use some help. If we could have enough leverage to convince drink companies to tell the truth about the low pH levels in their products, we could control our oral health to ensure a healthy living.
It’s time to stop playing the blame game and fix the problem!
You can control your oral health to live a healthy and longer life. Contact Flax Dental today, and allow us to educate you how to live a luxurious life, cavity-free.
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