Our mouths are full of bacteria and different types of bacteria thrive on our gums, tongue, teeth, and overall mouth. While some bacteria can be helpful, others are harmless and contribute in decay process. Decay is a result of infection caused by bacteria which make cavity in teeth.
Dentist in Plano TX says it can be best described a two teams at war where one team has plaque and sugar/ starch containing food whereas on the other hand there is minerals from our saliva and fluoride from toothpaste, water, and other sources. The latter team helps in repairing the enamel from acid attack by the former team.
When a tooth is exposed to acid frequently, the acid attack causes the enamel to lose minerals. A white spot in tooth is a sign of lost minerals and early sign of decay. Tooth decay can be reversed at this point and enamel can repair using minerals from saliva and fluoride from toothpaste. If the decay process continues, the enamel is weakened and a cavity is formed.
Fluoride is a mineral which can prevent tooth decay from progressing and reversing as it prevents mineral loss and reduces the ability of bacteria to make acid. You can get fluoride from:
You can discuss with your dentist in 75024 about sealants as they will offer added protection to your child’s teeth from decay and cavity.