If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Columbus teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Richard Barry and Dr. Beth Love are going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Lifetime Dental Health can do to help.
Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities
What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot – actually, they are the exact same thing. When bacteria interact with carbohydrates as they are broken down in the mouth, they ferment and produce lactic acid, which eats away at the structures of the teeth. Considered the most prevalent chronic disease among adults and children, this condition is called dental caries, or tooth decay. Without proper care and regular dental appointments, the acid from bacteria will eat away the surface layer of the tooth, creating a hole, or cavity. In other words, dental caries (tooth decay) is the cause of cavities.
With modern advances in dental medicine and the careful attention that Columbus residents pay to their dental hygiene, it is hard to imagine what life for teeth was like when the pilgrims first landed on these shores. We at Lifetime Dental Health would like to share with you how our roots took care of their roots, so we can appreciate just how far dental care has come in the hundreds of years since.