Tooth decay, also known as cavities or dental caries, is one of the most common dental problems worldwide. Tooth decay develops when plaque and bacteria remain on the teeth for long periods of time. If left untreated tooth decay can cause severe pain, infection, and abscesses, and may lead to tooth loss.
Cavities are typically the result of poor oral hygiene or a sugary diet. When you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly, the bacteria in your mouth feeds on the sugars and carbohydrates that cling to your teeth, developing into plaque, and then into calculus (tartar). When not removed, this causes decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems. You may also experience sensitivity to temperature (such as hot or cold foods and drinks), pain, and discomfort as a result of tooth decay.
You can prevent tooth decay by:
There are a variety of treatments available to repair the damage caused by tooth decay and restore your smile, including dental fillings, dental crowns, and root canal therapy. Our dentist will evaluate your mouth to determine the treatment that will be most beneficial for you.
We invite you to contact our office if you notice any signs of tooth decay and schedule an appointment with our dentist.
- Brushing and flossing daily. We recommend that you use a fluoridated toothpaste.
- Keep your regular dental appointments. These routine preventive care treatments are essential for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
- Ask our dentist about dental sealants and fluoride treatments. These may help protect and strengthen your teeth.
- Minimize your intake of sugary and starchy foods. This will help reduce the amount of harmful bacteria and acids in your mouth.
- Use an antibacterial mouth rinse.
- Chew gum containing xylitol. Xylitol has been proven to reduce bacterial growth, strengthen teeth, and prevent cavities.