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How Do Cavities Form? Part II: Bacteria

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There are three essential ingredients in order for tooth decay to occur.  They are sugar, bacteria, and time.  Today, we’ll be discussing the second factor – bacteria.  Many people don’t realize that tooth decay is a transmissible disease, spread from person to person, similar to strep throat.  We’ve actually identified the specific strain of bacteria that is most frequently the cause of tooth decay.  The more we know and understand about the causes of tooth decay the better we can prevent and treat this problem.

Where do cavity-causing bacteria come from?

Bacteria that cause tooth decay are spread from person to person in a manner similar to any other bacterial infection.  ...

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Now Offering - White Crowns for Kids!

You want the best for your kids.  And yet, some kids tend to be more cavity prone despite your best efforts.  For children with large cavities, the standard of care in pediatric dentistry has always been stainless steel crowns. While these crowns provide a very predictable outcome, they look like a chrome bumper! Children (and parents) are then left to live with the stigma of having poor dental health earlier in life. But now, there's an alternative!

Baby teeth are important - they allow your child to chew, smile, and speak.  They also help to preserve space for the erupting ...

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