Tooth decay is a common oral health issue and one that impacts people of all ages. Since attending checkups and cleanings are not possible at the moment, caring for your smile from home is crucial for keeping your teeth free of cavities. In today’s blog, your Independence, MO, dentist discusses how to protect your family from dental cavities.
The Causes of Tooth Decay
The outer layer of enamel protects the sensitive inner tooth structures from bacteria, providing a natural defense against cavities and dental infections. However, when the enamel is damaged or weakened, this could expose the dentin and cause cavities to form. Damage, such as a crack or chip, could lead to tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene, such as poor brushing and flossing habits or foods/drinks high in sugar, could cause plaque buildup to form on your teeth and erode the enamel, again leading to decayed teeth. Which means that routine care and better diet options could help lower your chances of developing painful cavities!
Warning Signs and Preventive Actions
To avoid these issues, start by brushing your teeth for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. Do the same in the evening, and also floss before bed. Doing this removes stray food particles and helps prevent serious plaque buildup, protecting your smile from cavities, as well as gingivitis and gum disease. You should also cut back on sugary foods and drinks, and instead opt for healthier snack choices! If you do begin to experience pain in your smile that doesn’t subside, let us know. A persistent toothache could be a sign of trouble and mean that you need treatment right away. Since we’re still offering emergency care, we can help!
Treatment With Fillings and Crowns
If you have pain in your smile, we will schedule a time to see you and examine your smile. You won’t share the waiting room with anyone, and we clean and disinfect surfaces in the office in between each visit. If you have a cavity, we may be able to address the issue in one visit with a lifelike dental filling, which is created from a metal-free composite resin. For more substantial damage or decay, we could place a custom-made crown. Again, we can take steps to ensure your restoration looks natural.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dental Care?
We would like to help your family enjoy healthy smiles and avoid issues like tooth decay. To learn more about avoiding the onset of issues like tooth decay, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Independence, Lee’s Summit, and all surrounding communities.