Dental decay causes cavities. In turn, those cavities put you at risk for a toothache, infection inside your tooth, and ultimately either root canal or a tooth extraction. So it only makes sense that there should be a focus on stopping it at the source. That’s something we strive for here at Southington Dentistry where your oral wellness is always are top priority.
The first and most important questions is how do you keep dental decay from occurring in the first place? To answer that, we have to consider what causes it. The answer is bacteria, specifically dental plaque. Sugars and starches are the catalysts that lead to growth of it on and between your teeth, and also at the gum line. It’s not very likely that you could completely eliminate sugars and starches from your diet. You certainly need some. But having less of them will make it easier for our Plantsville dentist to keep you cavity-free. Brushing and flossing are the foundation when it comes to action you can take to deal with the dental plaque that you already have. Tartar is dental plaque in a hardened, crusty form. That is something you cannot effectively remove at home. For that you need our Plantsville dentist and a good, thorough, professional teeth cleaning. Tartar buildup is eradicated along with any residual plaque. New cavities won’t be as likely to form because there will be less bacteria to spur dental decay. And during the same visit at which you have your cleaning, you will also get a complete checkup and periodic x-rays in order to detect existing cavities for immediate treatment with fillings.
Working with our Plantsville dentist, you can make cavities a rare happening. Just two sessions per year at our office are all you need in addition to your home oral hygiene. Contact us now to set up your next appointment.