Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting from the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur in mouths and the sugars consumed in diets. 

Carbohydrate-rich foods, such as candy, cookies, soft drinks, fruit juices and even breast milk or baby formula, leave deposits on teeth. Those deposits bond with the bacteria that normally survive in the mouth to form plaque. The combination of sugary deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth and eat away at tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay, also known as caries or cavities.

For infants, tooth decay is often a result of bottle feeding while sleeping. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. In older children, the best way to avoid unnecessary decay is brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental check-ups, fluoride treatment and a healthy diet that limits sugar intake.

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Pediatric Dental Group, P.S.C.

  • Pediatric Dental Group, P.S.C. - 9710 Park Plaza Ave., Louisville, KY 40241 Phone: 502-327-6380

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