Can we avoid developing nasty cavities? While tooth decay is a common and widespread problem among both children and adults, you can easily take steps to avoid the issue. Dr. Diep Truong explains how simple dental maintenance can help your smile remain free of dental caries.
Frequently Asked Questions About Preventing Tooth Decay
Question: Does it matter what kind of foods and drinks we consume?
Answer: Yes, it does. When we eat food or enjoy drinks high in sugar and other starches, this allows bacteria to break down the sugar particles, coating the teeth in plaque. Over time, plaque buildup weakens the outer enamel, enabling bacteria to reach the layers of dentin underneath and cause a cavity to form.
Question: How do I know if I have a cavity?
Answer: Patients with dental caries may report tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, as well as a persistent toothache. Ignoring these warning signs may allow to cavity to spread until an infection sets in, which endangers the tooth and may require a root canal or even extraction to address.
Question: Will regular brush and flossing help?
Answer: Absolutely. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. Along with flossing once a day, this helps remove harmful bacteria and food particles from your mouth. Simple brushing and flossing are vital to safeguarding your smile against dental caries.
Question: How often do I need a professional dental cleaning?
Answer: We recommend both children and adults undergo a routine cleaning at least once every six months. During a cleaning, we will gently remove the plaque buildup from your smile and polish your teeth. This reduces your risk of developing tooth decay. In addition, routine cleanings also aid in the prevention of periodontal disease.
About Your Dallas, TX Dentist:
Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. Our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).