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In 2001, The National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Management of Caries (cavities) Throughout Life identified caries as an infectious, communicable disease. Contrary to belief, naming “caries” as a disease isn’t as surprising as might first be thought.
Cavities are an infection that comes from acid forming bacteria found in plaque that, in the presence of sugar, attacks the tooth structure reducing the minerals of the tooth. The cavity is in part evidence that this breakdown has occurred. The overall goal for the patient and the local dentist in the Wicker Park, Bucktown area is to detect these problems early as well as maintain proper oral care.
Plaque and Ways to Reduce It
Just like many other bacteria carrying substances, plaque will never be totally disinfected of it. It is a biofilm that harbors the bacteria and they interact with sugars from food. Proper oral hygiene including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, rinsing with mouthwash, and flossing will reduce the plaque that holds this bacteria. Unfortunately, the bacteria will always return, especially after eating, so there is no escaping it. The effects of plaque include reducing the whiteness of the teeth and helping to create tartar. Left alone plaque can cause not only tooth decay, but gum disease as well.
A checkup every six months at the Wicker Park General Dentist office is a great way to both find any cavities and reduce plaque by a professional cleaning ridding your teeth of any tartar as well. Cavities can be found during check-ups and any painful spots can be x-rayed and repaired to prevent as much damage as possible to the teeth.
If cavities have been causing you pain contact the local dentist at Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry today and stop this disease in its tracks. They are available for appointments and emergency dental services.