The "Critters" That Cause Cavities

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Researchers in the dental field are continuously working to gain a better understanding of oral disease to provide methods for integrating those findings in clinical settings.

There are several strains of bacteria that can be found in the mouth. In a recent study, researchers collected biofilms between the teeth of 25 adults with no dental caries (decay). It was found that Streptococcus mutans, a cavity-producing bacteria, was present in 28% of the sites tested, even though the subjects had no existing decay.

This tells us that everyone, even those with good oral health, is at risk for decay. While there’s no standard dental therapy at this time that includes microbiological-based approaches, ...

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Are Cavities Caused by Sugar? Or Bacteria?

Cause of Cavities | Temple TX Dentist

Since you were a little kid, you have been told that sugar is bad for your teeth. But did anybody ever actually explain why?

Is it the sugar itself that causes the damage, or is something else going on?

What’s Happening in Your Mouth

Throughout the day, food debris and saliva adhere to your teeth and create a bacteria-laden biofilm called plaque. Bacteria are always busy looking for a meal, and they especially love when you feed them sugar!

As bacteria consume sugar, they produce acid as a byproduct, which eats away your dental enamel and causes decay. So the process starts with sugar and bacteria, but it is the resulting acid that erodes ...

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Periodontal Disease and Your Quality of Life

Gum Disease | Temple Dental Trails

It’s easy to take good oral health for granted. Unfortunately, dental health isn’t a priority for most people until something goes wrong.

Temple, TX dentist Dr. Richard Leung emphasizes the importance of preventive exams and cleanings to stop problems like periodontal disease before they start and to keep your teeth healthy.

Gum Disease Affects Millions of People

Gum disease in America continues to be a widespread problem. The Centers for Disease Control conducted a study that shows that nearly 65 million Americans have some degree of gum disease. While this is a serious oral health problem, gum disease can have an impact on your quality of life as well.

How Gum Disease ...

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