Tooth decay is most often caused by plaque, a sticky, colorless film. Plaque can be caused by food and drinks that are rich in carbohydrates and sugar, including candy, bread, pasta, cereal, soda, and some juices. In addition to causing tooth decay, plaque can also cause gum irritation and periodontal (advanced gum) disease, can attack dental restorations in your mouth, and can cause bone and tooth loss in extreme cases.

How do you defend your teeth against plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease? Practice good, consistent oral hygiene and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. You can also chew sugarless gum between brushing. Chewing gum will help to stimulate the production of saliva. Saliva will actually help stop plaque formation and rinse away the debris and food particles that cause decay.  If necessary, U9 Dental can also prescribe anti-cavity rinses or apply varnishes/sealants to the teeth to help fight against tooth decay.