The Story of Caries Prevention

If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Fuquay-Varina teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier are going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Fuquay Family Dentistry can do to help.

Dental Caries, Tooth Decay & Cavities

What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot – actually, they are the exact same thing. When bacteria interact with carbohydrates as they are broken down in the mouth, they ferment and produce lactic acid, which eats away at the structures of the teeth.

Considered the most prevalent chronic disease among adults and children, this condition is called dental caries, or tooth decay. Without proper care and regular dental appointments, the acid from bacteria will eat away the surface layer of the tooth, creating a hole, or cavity. In other words, dental caries (tooth decay) is the cause of cavities.

Caries Prevention

Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that results from sugars breaking down in the mouth. In order for a caries formation to take place, there must be bacteria and sugar present on a tooth surface. For most Fuquay-Varina residents with a normal diet, the components of tooth decay are already in place.

However, Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier remind us that it takes time, sometimes even several years, for the acidic demineralization (acids eating away at the tooth) process to result in a cavity. The simplest ways to limit your risk of getting a cavity are to eat less sugar, brush and floss regularly, and visit Fuquay Family Dentistry for your twice yearly cleanings.

Want to know more about dental caries? Here are some facts to beef up your oral health knowledge:

  • Saliva helps protect your mouth against tooth decay and cavities. Every time the process of caries formation begins, saliva works to stop it. In addition to adding minerals back to teeth (remineralization), saliva also kills harmful bacteria and neutralizes the acidic effects of bacteria. Once you’ve eaten, this neutralization process takes about half an hour.
  • The bacteria that cause cavities can be passed to another person. Any activity that includes trading saliva, such as kissing or sharing food and drinks, can send cavity-causing bacteria into a friend or loved one’s mouth. Fuquay-Varina parents with young children should be especially aware of this because kids are not as good at taking care of their teeth, and may be more susceptible to cavity formation.
  • While having a cavity filled will repair a tooth, it does not stop tooth decay.

Get rid of cavities for good!

Eating a healthy diet low in sugar and making sure to brush and floss twice a day with fluoride toothpaste are your best lines of defense against cavities. However, it is still possible for dental caries to cause cavities, especially if you have dry mouth, heartburn, or love to sip sugary drinks. Don’t be worried! That’s where Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier come in.

Each time you visit Fuquay Family Dentistry for a cleaning, our expertly trained hygienists will inspect every nook and cranny of your mouth for tooth decay at work, and stop cavities in their tracks. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and keep your smile happy and healthy!


Sources

http://www.piedmontdental.com/faq/preserving-smiles/cavity-prevention/what-is-the-difference-between-caries-and-cavities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School and a recipient of the Monte G. Miska Prosthodontics Award, Dr. Bryden McCormick has been serving the communities of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs for many years. With a dedication to improving his patients’ overall health, and a passion for working with his hands, Dr. McCormick’s goal is to surpass his patients’ expectations at every turn. Dr. McCormick’s continuing commitment to education has led him to receive fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has completed numerous courses on dental implants, Six Month Smiles®, cosmetic dentistry, and digital dentistry from world-renowned institutions, such as the Scottsdale Center and the Triangle Dental Institute. In the community, Dr. McCormick has volunteered his professional services with the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Clinics, Giving Smiles Events at Raleigh Dental Arts, and the NC Baptist Men’s Mobile Dental Ministry. He also sponsored a Free Dental Day at Fuquay Family Dentistry and served over 100 patients in need within our community. Personally, Dr. McCormick sponsors local community and school events, such as FVAA teams, Friends of the Chorus, Band Booster, Theater Patron at the Fuquay-Varina High School, Theatre Patrons, Friends of the Museums, and local travel baseball and softball teams. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Dr. McCormick currently resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife, Kristen, who teaches at Wake Tech. They have three children and a Newfoundland fur ball named Otis. In his free time, Dr. McCormick enjoys smoking ribs, cooking, working in his yard, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

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