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How Quickly does Tooth Decay Form?

Dental Office Eagle River AK

Tooth decay in the form of cavities and root canals are extremely common, and tooth decay can start at a very young age. In fact, decay is one of the most common health complications in children. One of the main reasons that dentists recommend visits every six months is to prevent and address any tooth decay on your teeth and gums. 

How do my Teeth Decay?

Many of the foods that we eat cause decay over time. Sugars and acids that you may be regularly consuming can have a big effect on your oral health. These items will actually slowly break down the enamel on your teeth, leaving your teeth less protected, and eventually causing decay in some form. Many people think that only sweets cause cavities, but many other foods can actually contribute to the process. Here are some examples of foods that break down the teeth: 

  • Cookies
  • Candy
  • Bananas
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Crackers and chips
  • Carb-heavy foods
  • Sweets
  • Acidic foods

The reason that so many people experience tooth decay is because many of the foods that can break down your teeth aren't necessarily considered unhealthy. Many fruits, for example, are very acidic but may provide other great nutrients to your body. It's not always the obvious foods that cause issues. 

The length of time that it takes for a cavity to form depends on your unique diet and your overall oral health. Typically, however, the process is fairly slow, which is why your dentist doesn't need to see you every month. By catching early signs of decay, your dentist can often address the issue more easily with you, and this prevention is vital to avoiding more serious decay like root canals. 

Even though the process of tooth decay is slow, you simply cannot fully prevent it with home care. Professional cleanings and exams are the only way to ensure that your teeth stay healthy over time!

Your Dental Office Eagle River

If you have any questions about tooth decay, or if you need to schedule a cleaning and exam, give us a call today. Our dentist has the experience needed to ensure that you feel completely comfortable no matter what treatments you need! We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile today!


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