Southeast Dental - Dentist in Markham, ON

Address : 70 Karachi Dr, Markham ON L3S 0B5
  Call Us : 905-471-2002

To Our Patients -
We're Open Now

On behalf of the entire team at Southeast Dental we sincerely hope that you and your family are in good health. We are happy to inform you that we are now able to provide dental care once again.

While many things have changed over the last few months, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety. Our office has always followed strict infection control standards and in order to keep us all protected during this pandemic and in the future, we have updated our protocols. When we see you at your next appointment, things will be a little different but rest assured, it’s all in the best interest of our staff, patients and families. Click here to see how your next visit will look.

We look forward to seeing you again soon. Please call or text us at 905-471-2002 or email us at info@southeastdental.ca to book your next appointment.

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General Dentistry - Markham Scarborough - Southeast Dental

All About Cavities

From a very young age, we’re taught to take good care of our teeth in order to prevent cavities from forming – kids will often brush their teeth furiously to avoid hearing the dentist say that scary word at their next cleaning. But most children, and even adults, don’t know exactly what a cavity is, what really causes it, or how to properly prevent it. So let’s get started on a cavity education:

What is a cavity?

While you may know that a cavity is a hole in the tooth, you may be wondering how it got there. It’s a decayed part of the tooth’s surface, where a hole remains once the actual decay has been removed. When plaque (the bacterial film on teeth) accumulates, the bacteria produces acids that attack and weaken the tooth tissues. Cavities can be found in the crevices of the teeth where we bite down, between the teeth, and also on the root surfaces of the teeth where gums have receded.

How are cavities caused?

The bacteria in plaque causes a reaction when met with the sugar in our foods. This creates acids that we mentioned, that weaken the tooth enamel which then allows cavities, or holes, to form.

There are some activities that are more likely to cause cavities, such as eating certain foods. Sugar, of course, is the biggest culprit, as are foods that cling to the teeth.

How can cavities be prevented?

When it comes to prevention, your toothbrush is your best friend. Brushing twice per day helps to break up and wash away the plaque that causes cavities, as does flossing once per day. It’s also important to use toothpaste that includes fluoride – this helps to strengthen the tooth enamel. Steer clear of sugary foods, and try to incorporate teeth-cleaning snacks and meals (read our handy list for help), and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

And of course, keep regularly-scheduled visits with your dentist. Your oral health team at Southeast Dental is here to help keep your mouth healthy and cavity-free!

 

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