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How does dental disease works? In order for dental disease to occur there must be a host (aka you), food, and bacteria. Without any one of the three, the disease process is not active. In addition, time also plays a factor in the process, as dental disease does not occur over night but is a result of the extended exposure to the harmful acids and byproducts of the entire host/food/bacteria relationship.

So how do we treat dental disease? If we remove one of the three critical areas, tooth decay and or gum disease will not occur. The easiest factor to modify is to disrupt the ever growing population of oral BACTERIA. We do this by thoroughly removing the plaque off of our teeth daily by brushing and flossing, and making those 6 month cleanings to remove the hard buildup that is missed during your daily routine. Essentially by disrupting and removing the plaque every 24 hours, there will be a reduced number of “bugs” attached to your teeth producing acid that breaks down your enamel to cause cavities or induces inflammation and bone loss around your teeth.

Another way to disrupt the cycle is by Removing the host (aka you) – … well this one is not a good idea so we leave this alone.

Finally we can modify your diet – By removing or reducing the amount of simple carbohydrates, (ie. Sugar), in ones diet, there will no longer be food for the bacteria in your mouth to digest and convert into the acid that breaks down the enamel of your teeth and causes tooth decay. The additional benefit of reducing ones sugar intake is that it will create a less acidic oral environment which in turn will select for a less destructive population of oral bacteria.

***REMEMBER*** – Less sugar and good hygiene equals fewer visits to the dentist! If bacteria do not have sugar to eat and there are fewer bacteria in the mouth to begin with, then there is less of a chance for tooth decay to occur.