Tooth decay occurs over time, when destructive forces continuously damage tooth enamel and the inner tooth. The forces that can harm your teeth and cause tooth decay and cavities include:
- Foods and drinks rich in sugar or carbohydrates, such as candy, ice cream, milk and soda
- Not brushing your teeth
- Not flossing
- Leftover food particles in your mouth that form harmful acids
Cavities can lead to more serious problems if left untreated, and can result in costly and extensive dental restorations. The best way to prevent cavities is by consistently practicing good oral hygiene and attending regular check-ups with the dentist. At your dental appointments, the doctor may recommend other measures to help protect you against tooth decay.