Winning the War against Cavities


cavities houston tx | Royal DentalThe war on cavities is one that we start to wage very early in life; in fact, before we know it. Early dental care is one of our priorities at Royal Dental. Working with the parents of young children, we focus on education and demonstration. Children learn as they continue to develop that what they eat will affect the overall health of their teeth. By the time each of us reaches adulthood, we may think that the war against cavities is over. But it may not be.

A prevalence of cavities in adulthood may not always be as easy to understand as one would think. You may be a person who brushes your teeth every day. You may even floss as your dentist recommends. Sugary treats may not be a regular indulgence, and yet, you still encounter cavities more frequently than you should (any cavity is one too many cavities,too). If this happens to you, there is probably one question you would like answered: why?

There are a few hidden triggers that could be instigating your run-ins with cavities.

Trash in the Trenches

Young patients who visit one of the Royal Dental practices may be treated with dental sealants. Sometimes, it is beneficial for adults to consider the value of this preventive treatment, too! The reason dental sealants are applied is because the back teeth have deep grooves in their center. Tiny particles of food can get trapped here, and will attract bacteria to the feast. Thus, plaque buildup occurs. After a thorough cleaning of the grooves, a liquid solution can be applied into the space. When the sealant hardens, it acts as a barrier to prevent debris from collecting.

Total Lockdown

Your saliva glands are an important part of cavity-prevention, not just for keeping the mouth moist and comfortable. Under certain conditions, such as taking some types of medication, the saliva glands may go into lockdown, producing very little fluid. Without adequate flow, the mouth becomes chronically dry, and the chronically dry mouth is one in which cavities are more of a problem. This is because moisture is needed to diminish the strength of acidity, and of sugar residue that may sit on teeth after a meal. While gum can temporarily kick glands into action, it is also important to remember to hydrate by sipping water every few minutes.

We care about your smile and want to help you and your family avoid unnecessary problems like cavities. Schedule your visit at (713) 330-7700.

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