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Taking a Closer Look at Tooth Decay

March 25, 2024

While most people know that the most frequent and universal health ailment is the common cold, few realize that the prevalence of tooth decay is close behind in second place. Although cavities are almost entirely preventable, if left untreated, they can compromise healthy tooth structure, affect the vital tissues inside the tooth, and even cause a severe infection or tooth loss.

Why a cavity develops and the importance of preventive care

Cavities develop when plaque is not consistently removed from around the teeth and gums. While dental plaque harbors colonies of bacteria that are harmful to oral health, being diligent about removing it is the single most effective way to prevent cavities from forming.

At the office of Dental Excellence, we emphasize the prevention and detection of dental disease early in its onset to avoid small issues cascading into more significant oral health problems. When you visit our office for a checkup, you can rest assured your smile and those of your loved ones are in the best of hands. We use the most advanced dental technology and techniques to carefully evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw for any sign of dental disease or developing problems.

As part of a comprehensive preventive care program, every checkup is accompanied by a professional teeth cleaning to remove any harmful accumulations of dental plaque or tartar that you may have missed while brushing or flossing. Our dental team will also review your home care routine and offer guidance as to how you can clean and care for your teeth more effectively between checkups.

Extra preventive dental care for children

Due to inconsistent oral hygiene practices and dietary habits, children are especially prone to developing cavities. In fact, studies show that 78% of children will have had a cavity by the time they're 17 years old. As an added level of protection against tooth decay in children, our dentist often recommends periodic fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

Patient care and comfort are our top priorities.

If you are diagnosed with tooth decay, it's wise not to delay care. Without treatment, cavities will worsen and cause further damage and discomfort over time. Our dentist will gently remove any damaged tooth structure and place a restoration to rebuild your tooth's structural integrity, appearance, and function. Plus, we use the latest generation of cosmetically pleasing, tooth-colored materials to blend seamlessly with your smile.

Skilled, compassionate care and solutions for every smile

Although tooth decay is a widespread oral health concern, with periodic visits to our office, cavities are almost entirely preventable. At the office of Dental Excellence, we provide personalized, state-of-the-art solutions for all your dental healthcare needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.