How can chronic periodontitis be prevented?

Cavities are holes in your teeth caused by tooth decay. Edentulism is when you are missing some of your natural teeth. How are they related?

When you eat food, bacteria in your mouth forms a layer on your teeth called plaque. Once the plaque layer is formed, the bacteria start producing acids that eat away at the layer protecting your teeth, called enamel, creating cavities. Some cavities become so large they can’t be filled, and instead the entire tooth must be removed, or extracted. Untreated cavities can also destroy the inner structures of the tooth, called the pulp, leading to tooth loss.

The best way to avoid tooth loss is to prevent cavities from forming. Limit between-meal snacks, eat healthy foods, and avoid sugary drinks such as soda and fruit juices. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, and visit your dentist twice a year to get a professional cleaning and exam.

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