The Reality of Tooth Decay

by on August 3, 2017 in General Dentistry
The Reality of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is created when the hard, outer layer of a tooth is overrun with plaque and bacteria which come from sugary foods and drinks.  The bacteria and plaque work together to produce acids that attack the enamel of the tooth.  Cavities form when the acids are in contact with your teeth for a long period of time.  Tooth decay can be the beginning of serious problems and should be assessed as soon as possible.  All Dental Center is accepting new patients; schedule an appointment with us today!

 Tooth Decay Is A Common Problem

Tooth decay is one of the world's most common health problems and is seen often by dentists in the city of Watertown.  Anyone can develop tooth decay - it is common in children, teens, and older adults. People over the age of 50 commonly develop tooth decay for multiple reasons.  One, recession of the gums and gum disease can expose the root of the tooth to plaque.  Two, older adults often have fillings that decay around the edges, allowing for the leakage of plaque and bacteria around the edges of the filling.  Three, older adults did not grow up with modern dental equipment and procedures, and may have missed out on the benefits of fluoride and lifelong preventative dental care.

 How Can you Prevent Tooth Decay?

  • Brush & Floss Daily
  • Eat Balanced Meals and Avoid Snacking
  • Consider Dental Sealants
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings

 Treatment for Tooth Decay

The treatment for tooth decay will be determined by your dentist.  Options may include fluoride treatments, fillings, crowns, root canals or extractions.  See your dentist at All Dental Center for an evaluation for tooth decay in Watertown.  After an evaluation, we can get you on the road to optimal dental health.  Don't risk losing your teeth!  Let us help you keep your smile!

 

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