Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Causes of Tooth Decay

Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS wants patients to keep their permanent teeth for a lifetime, but depending on your dietary habits, this may or may not be an easy thing to do. Many different types of bacteria live on the teeth, and if these bacteria aren’t washed away through adequate brushing and flossing, tooth decay will occur. Tooth decay is the softening of tooth enamel and can cause damage to surrounding teeth.

Major causes of tooth decay include sugary beverages, foods that are heavy in carbohydrates and foods that stick to the teeth and provide no nutritional value to them. If your oral hygiene habits are poor, or if you suffer from dry mouth, these habits increase your risk of developing decay. If you notice symptoms of a cavity, such as pain or pressure in the teeth, contact Dr. Falsey immediately, as cavities are a form of tooth decay.

If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth decay, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.

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