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The Surprising Prevalence of Dental Decay

June 10, 2024

While most people are familiar with the common cold, few realize that tooth decay is almost as widespread. In fact, dental decay is one of the most prevalent health ailments in the world today. It's important to understand how cavities form and why preventive care is so crucial for maintaining good oral health.

Understanding the origins of tooth decay

Tooth decay begins when plaque, a sticky film that forms on the teeth, isn't regularly removed. Plaque harbors bacteria that are harmful to your teeth and gums. By keeping up with regular brushing and flossing, you can effectively prevent cavities from forming.

At Dental Excellence, we prioritize the early detection and prevention of dental disease. When you visit our office for a checkup, you can trust that your teeth and gums are in the best possible hands. We use state-of-the-art technology to thoroughly examine your oral health and identify any potential issues.

As part of our comprehensive preventive care program, every checkup includes a professional teeth cleaning. This helps remove any plaque or tartar buildup that you may have missed while brushing or flossing at home. We'll also review your oral hygiene routine and offer guidance on how to improve your daily dental care.

Extra preventive measures for children

Due to inconsistent oral hygiene habits and unhealthy dietary choices, 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. To provide extra protection against tooth decay in children, our dentist often recommends periodic fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

Your comfort and care are our top priorities

If you've been diagnosed with tooth decay, it's essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. Without proper care, cavities will worsen over time and cause more significant oral health problems. Our dentist will gently remove any damaged tooth structure and place a restoration to restore your tooth's strength, appearance, and function. We use the latest generation of cosmetically pleasing, tooth-colored materials that blend seamlessly with your smile.

Comprehensive dental care for every patient

While tooth decay is a common oral health concern, it's almost entirely preventable with regular checkups and proper dental care. At 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 with us today.