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Criscione Family Dentistry | Tooth Fairy in Lake Oswego



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What are Cavities

When you eat, food passes through your mouth. Here it meets germs or bacteria that live in your mouth. You may have heard the dentist talk about plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria. These bacteria love sugars and starches found in many foods, like soda pop, candy, ice cream, milk, and cakes. When you don't clean your teeth after eating, plaque bacteria use the sugar and starch to produce acids that can destroy the hard surface of the tooth, called enamel. Believe it or not, even some fruits, vegetables and juices can cause cavities if you don't brush your teeth regularly. Over time, these acids break down the white covering of your tooth (called 'enamel'), leaving it weaker and less able to fight off germs and more bacteria. After a while, tooth decay occurs. The more often you eat and the longer foods are in your mouth, the more damage occurs. 

If you have a cavity, it first has to be removed from your mouth. After the dentist numbs your mouth using a special medicine called anesthetic, he or she uses different things to remove the cavity. One way is to use a tiny drill that blasts the tooth decay away. After the cavity is removed, the dentist fills the space it left with a filling, which can be silvery or the color of your teeth. 

This filling seals the space where the cavity once was, and keeps germs and bacteria from doing damage.

What Causes Bad Breath

Bad breath is usually caused by the breakdown of food in your body. The odors from that process are in your mouth and in your bloodstream and pass through your lungs as you breathe out. 

Brushing, flossing and mouthwash only hide bad breath. The bad breath goes away after you go to the bathroom. People who diet sometimes have unpleasant breath. If you don't brush and floss every day, pieces of food remain in your mouth, collecting germs, which can cause bad breath. 

Bad breath also may be a sign that you have unhealthy gums. Bad breath is also caused by dry mouth, which happens when you don't have enough saliva, or 'spit,' in your mouth. Saliva is necessary to clean your mouth and remove particles that may cause odor. Bad breath may be the sign of a medical problem, such as an infection in your nose, throat, windpipe, or lungs. 

If you brush your teeth and floss every day, you can help to ensure that you at least don't get bad breath from leftover food in your mouth. And remember to see your dentist for regular checkups!

Lake Oswego Dentist | Tooth Fairy. Michael Criscione is a Lake Oswego Dentist.