Our Pediatric Dentist Dr. Scott on Cavities
The most common chronic childhood disease in the United States (even more prominent than asthma) is tooth decay. Tooth decay, also known as cavities or caries, can affect children at any age – even infants and toddlers. Pediatric dentistry and cavity treatment for infants, toddlers, young children and teens is very common. Dr. Scott at Parkcrest can help your children with cavity treatment and prevention.
What Is a Cavity?
Cavities are caused by bacteria, which can be prevented with proper oral hygiene. Your mouth is constantly full of all kinds of bacteria. This bacteria bonds together and forms plaque that sticks to your teeth. The main bacteria that causes cavities is called Streptococcus mutans. Strep mutans break down sweet and starchy foods and produce acid, which erodes the enamel on your teeth. Your body naturally fights this acid with saliva, which works as a buffer to dissolve it and replace minerals that the acid has taken from your teeth. However, if the acid is allowed to stay in contact with your teeth for too long or too frequently, it eats away enough minerals and creates a hole in your tooth. That hole is a cavity.