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Uncovering The Secrets Behind Tooth Decay

April 30, 2024

While most people know that the most common health ailment is the flu, few realize that tooth decay is not far behind. Despite being almost entirely preventable, if left untreated, it can lead to severe infection or even tooth loss.

The journey of a cavity: How tooth decay develops and why prevention matters

Tooth decay begins when plaque is not regularly removed from around the teeth and gums. Dental plaque harbors harmful bacteria that can compromise your oral health. By consistently removing it, you're taking a significant step towards preventing cavities from forming.

At the office of Dental Excellence, we focus on detecting dental issues early to prevent small problems from escalating into major concerns. When you visit us for a checkup, know that your oral health is in good hands. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and jaw for any signs of dental disease or developing issues.

During your checkup, you'll also receive a professional teeth cleaning to remove any accumulated plaque or tartar that may have been missed during your regular brushing or flossing routine. Our dental team will review your home care practices and offer advice on how to maintain your oral health more effectively between visits.

Extra protection for children's teeth: Fluoride treatments and dental sealants

Due to inconsistent oral hygiene habits and dietary choices, children are particularly susceptible to developing cavities. In fact, studies show that 78% of children will have experienced a cavity by the age of 17. As an added measure of protection against tooth decay in kids, our dentist may recommend periodic fluoride treatments or dental sealants.

Our commitment to patient comfort and care

If you're diagnosed with tooth decay, it's crucial not to delay treatment. Without intervention, cavities will worsen over time, causing more damage and discomfort. Our dentist will carefully remove any damaged tooth structure and place a restoration to restore your tooth's integrity, appearance, and function. Plus, we use the latest generation of aesthetically pleasing, tooth-colored materials that blend seamlessly with your smile.

Comprehensive dental care tailored to your unique needs

Although tooth decay is a widespread oral health concern, with regular checkups at our office, cavities are mostly 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, get in touch today.