Tooth decay is a fairly common occurrence with approximately 92 percent of adults 20 to 64 years of age having had at least one cavity in a permanent tooth. In addition, it is believed 26 percent of adults in this age range currently have untreated cavities. While cavities are quite common, that does not mean they are not preventable. Often, many do not start worrying about cavity prevention until after the symptoms of a cavity have developed. Unfortunately, you cannot brush away a cavity, but there are several things you can do to prevent the development of cavities. As a dentist in Caldwell, NJ, we have the tips you need to help prevent tooth decay.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is the result of bacteria in the mouth from food particles, particularly starches and sugars, that eat away at enamel. When plaque, tarter, and food particles are not removed from the mouth with brushing and flossing, the bacteria in the mouth slowly begins to deteriorate the enamel. Cavities will begin as small weakened spots that can become larger and spread into the inner layers of the tooth when left untreated. While cavities are small, often only a dental filling is needed to treat the tooth. However, when left untreated and the decay reaches the inner layers of the tooth, you will likely require a dental crown in Caldwell, NJ.
The best way to prevent the development of cavities is with proper oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular appointments to your dentist. You need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and tarter accumulations where bacteria thrive. If you do not practice proper oral hygiene to remove plaque and tarter, you are not only at risk for cavities, but gum disease as well.
You also need to limit the consumption of foods that are known to increase the likeliness for cavities, such as sodas, cookies, and cakes. Surgery and acidic foods increase the levels of bacteria in the mouth and accelerate tooth decay. In addition, make sure you eat plenty of healthy foods, like dark leafy greens and dairy products, which not only prevent cavities, but also promote the health of the teeth overall.
Your home care is only a portion of your preventive care to reduce the occurrence of cavities. You need to visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. We will thoroughly clean the teeth while also performing diagnostic examinations to address cavities in their early development. In addition, we offer cavity prevention with dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Your Dentist for Cavity Prevention
At D & G Dental, we do not want to see your smile become damaged by tooth decay, especially when decay is easily preventable. Our team of dentists will help you ward off tooth decay with the right tips for home care and regular preventive appointments with our office. If a cavity does develop, we have the restorative services you need to restore the health and function of your tooth.