Causes of tooth decay

Causes of tooth decay

Causes of tooth decay

The main cause of tooth decay is the presence of plaque.

Despite regular toothbrushing, some dietary habits can promote the presence of plaque:

  • Sweet drinks: the sugar present in beverages like soft drinks and even milk (lactose) stays in the mouth longer;
  • Snacking between meals: despite an effective toothbrushing immediately after meals, it may not be sufficient if some food is ingested between meals;
  • Acidic food: some fruits like oranges have a high level of acidity.

Most recommended ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain good oral health:

  1. Toothbrushing two to three times a day;
  2. Use of dental floss;
  3. dental examination and cleaning one to two times a year at the dentist.