Get in the Know: Defending Against Cavities

Virtually all American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have experienced one or more cavities in their lifetimes, and that makes it very important that everything possible should be done to prevent them. Dr. Jennifer Schau, offers the following information about cavities.
What are cavities?
Whenever you fail to remove food particles which are normally trapped between your teeth after eating, bacteria in your mouth help to break down those food particles, creating acids which combine with other materials to form plaque. If this plaque remains on your teeth for as little as 20 minutes, the acids it contains can begin eating away at your tooth enamel to form a hole, or a cavity.
Defending against cavities
Dr. Schau and team recommend that you take steps to remove these food particles after eating, by brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth out. Your Saginaw, MI dental team also encourages you come by once every six months, so that plaque can be removed and early signs of cavities can be caught before they develop into problems.