Central London dentists help patients to determine the causes of dental cavities
You only get one set of healthy, natural teeth. The options for replacing them are varied and hugely effective but you will probably want to do your best to keep your original, natural set in good working order. One of the biggest dangers threatening the health of your teeth is that of cavities forming. If you are worried about the problem then you should read on for more information.
The greatest enemy of teeth is plaque. This is substance that is formed when you eat or drink. It comes about not just when you consume sugary and starchy foods, although more of it is formed by these types of food. If it sits on your teeth without being removed then it will begin to break down the enamel on the surface of your teeth. Enamel is the guardian of your teeth’s structural integrity and once that starts to go, your teeth will be compromised.
The plaque can then wear down the prone tooth beneath the enamel and begin to create holes. These cavities need to be filled because the process will not just stop. Eventually there just won’t be any useful tooth left at all. Central London dentists used to fill cavities with metal, which was not always as effective as it could be and many patients found the results unsightly too. Now many dentists use cosmetic bonding which amounts to white fillings that are far easier for dentists to work with and produce aesthetically pleasing results.
Preferable to having your cavities filled is to prevent them forming in the first place. This can be achieved by twice daily brushing with a tooth paste that contains fluoride to strengthen enamel and flossing to stop cavities forming between the teeth.