5 Factors That Lead To Tooth Decay

A number of different issues could cause a cavity to form and people of all ages are susceptible to them. In fact, studies show less than 2% of the population is immune to dental caries. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists will discuss possible solutions to cavities, and the steps you can your family can take to avoid them completely!

Factors Behind Cavities

  1. Sugary Foods and Drinks: When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar, this leaves behind particles on and between the teeth. Unless removed with regular brushing and flossing, harmful bacteria will consume these particles, a process that elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque buildup. Over time, plaque weakens enamel and erodes this protective layer, allowing cavities to form as bacteria reaches the sensitive and porous inner sections of dentin.
  2. Beverages with Lots of Acid: Drinks with high levels of acidity can promote plaque and weaken tooth enamel. A surprising example of this is a sports drinks. While effective at keeping you hydrated, these beverages also contain high levels of acid that threaten enamel and smile health.
  3. Starchy Foods: Foods with starch, such as mashed potatoes, rice, bread, and pastas, also leave behind starch, which can cling to the teeth. Again, bacteria will break down these particles in a process that weakens tooth enamel, causing enamel erosion and leading to the onset of tooth decay and dental infection. If you consume these items, be sure to drink water and make time to brush and floss thoroughly!
  4. Poor Brushing and Flossing: When we don’t properly brush and floss, we don’t remove the food particles that could lead to cavities. You should brash when you wake up and again before going to bed, each session lasting about two minutes. Be sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You also need to floss before going to bed each night, going up and down the length of each side of every tooth and dipping below the gum line.
  5. Infrequent Checkups and Cleanings: When we don’t see the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, problems can go untreated and develop into serious concerns, like infections or abscesses. Seeing us on schedule every six months for treatment means we have a chance to monitor your smile and identify problems like decay in the early stages, before you ever experience discomfort. We can also remove all plaque during a dental cleaning to protect the enamel!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we want to help area families enjoy optimal oral health. If you have questions about keeping cavities at bay, then please call our East El Paso location on N. Zaragoza Road at 915-849-9000!