The Basics: Tooth Decay

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Your oral health care is fundamental for limiting the effects of several risks that can occur. Because tooth decay is so destructive to your smile and it can wear down your tooth enamel rather quickly, it is important to implement several treatments and plans in place to limit the effects of tooth decay. Oftentimes, tooth decay is linked to various conditions in your mouth that can give rise to products and substances that eat through your tooth enamel.

If your teeth are routinely at risk for several forms of dental damage, you need to make sure that you’re applying the appropriate treatments to keep your teeth safe. Not only do you need to make sure that tooth decay is limited, but you also need to avoid issues and hazards that can lead to it. One of the biggest causes of tooth decay is due to plaque buildup. Plaque buildup is a thin layer of debris and bacteria that rests atop your teeth and contributes to all forms of dental damage including gum disease.

To help limit the risks associated with plaque, effective cleaning treatments are needed on a daily basis. Always try to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove any plaque and debris that may be present on your teeth. For supplementary cleaning tools to add an additional layer of protection, consider using mouthwash and sugarless chewing gum after meals. These products can be beneficial for your smile after eating, as your teeth are sensitive and traditional tools such as toothbrushes maybe too abrasive to use at this time.

Are there any remaining questions you have about tooth decay? To improve your smile with tooth decay prevention treatments you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentist in Boone, North Carolina. Dr. Jerry Butler and our team at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D look forward to hearing from you soon! To contact us, please call our dental office at (828) 264-5858 .