In response to the ADA and Government recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, our office will be temporarily closed until further notice.  Our team will continue to respond to calls and emails during this time.  Patients with a true dental emergency will be provided care by appointment.  New and existing patients are welcome to call or email to schedule future appointments.

Due to COVID-19, current advisories have restricted in-person dental appointments. Dr. Katie is available via Video or Phone consult for Dental Emergencies. Consultations are open to everyone. Especially intended for those under "shelter-in-place" or "self-quarantine." Virtual consultation fee is $69. Click Here To Schedule a Virtual Consult Today

Thank you for your understanding and be safe.
Katie To, DDS
2910 Commercial Center Blvd., Suite 101, Katy, TX 77494

Preventing Cavities: A Unique Environment

July 16, 2019
Posted By: Dawn katietodds

Hey Everyone,

Our mouths provide the perfect environment for bacteria growth.  In fact, 800 - 1,000 different types of bacteria can be found in just your mouth alone!

Bacteria is responsible for the formation of plaque - a sticky, colorless film of bacteria which feeds on sugar and starch to produce acids.  These acids break down tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay.

Every time we eat or drink, we are feeding the bacteria in our mouth and increasing the amount of plaque on our teeth.  Plaque can be removed in most cases by brushing and flossing; however, plaque that is not removed hardens into tartar, which can't be removed by brushing and flossing.

The good news is that saliva contains minerals, such as calcium and phosphate, to help enamel repair itself by replacing minerals lost during an acid attack.  Throughout the day, teeth are steadily weakened by the foods and drinks we consume and then strengthened again by the remineralization process in saliva.

This is just a brief overview and we are happy to share more details at your next dental visit!  

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