How (and Why) You Should Prevent Tooth Decay
Anytime your tooth structure sustains damage, whether it is from trauma or decay, the risk for significant further damage increases.
Tooth decay causes the enamel of your tooth to soften and develop bacterial growth. When left untreated, the decay can travel toward the nerve of your tooth. Once the inner part of your tooth is breached, a root canal becomes necessary in order to prevent or relieve pain and save your tooth from extraction.
Dental Decay Is Preventable
Decay occurs when the right conditions develop. Food particles, specifically sugary or starchy foods, combine with bacteria to produce an acidic environment inside your mouth. It is this acid that softens protective enamel and starts decay.
This why dentists are such sticklers about brushing and flossing your teeth. This practice removes food particles that bacteria need as a food source, and your toothpaste likely contains fluoride, which is a mineral known to strengthen enamel.
Decay is not the only problem that bacteria cause. Periodontal disease affects nearly half of American adults and also develops due to bacteria, specifically around and below the gumline. Tartar and plaque provide a fertile breeding ground for these bacteria.
Preventive Dentistry in Irvine, CA
Regular dental exams, cleanings, and excellent home care are the foundations for avoiding cavities and gum disease. When something comes up, we use comprehensive exams combined with digital x-rays to detect and treat it as quickly as possible. This approach to dentistry can keep your smile out of the danger zone and allow you to enjoy better overall and oral health.
For a personalized, preventive approach to taking care of your smile, contact us today and set up your next dental exam. We look forward to welcoming you!