Every six months when you visit general dentist, Dr Justin Ward, for a professional dental cleans and exam, our expert dental staff closely assesses the health of your teeth and gums.
By doing so, we can diagnose and treat any early signs of potential tooth decay and gum disease. At Arthur Street Dental, we are happy to go over cavities and tooth decay, how they occur, and why patients should avoid them.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is an infection that destroys tooth structure, enamel, inner layers of the tooth, and underlying supporting jaw bone and gum tissue.
How does this happen? Every time we eat, the sugars and starches in the food cover our teeth's surface. Bacteria that already lives in our mouth digest these sugars and converts them into acids. Through a combination of food particles, bacteria, acid, and saliva, plaque eventually forms and attaches to teeth. Over time, the acid within plaque starts to disintegrate and dissolve our precious enamel.
Once enamel is dissolved, and tiny holes are created, we face tooth decay and cavities.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Through daily brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing, we can prevent plaque from forming. Patients can avoid a build-up of acids by avoiding excessively sugary drinks and treats. Eating a nutritious and balanced diet along with plenty of water can keep your mouth and body healthy and happy.
We ask that patients maintain regular dental cleans and exams to help us prevent significant oral health problems. Preventive dental treatments like dental sealants and fluoride treatments can keep you and your family's smiles beautiful for many years.
Call Us to Arrange Your Next Dental Cleans and Exam
Even if it's been a long time since your last dental visit, we are always here to help. While tooth decay can indeed pose a significant risk, we can do our part in reducing this risk with regular visits. We look forward to seeing you and treating your oral health needs. Give us a call if you'd like to book your appointment.