Cavities are most commonly a result of a combination of poor oral hygiene and diets high in sugars and carbohydrates.
Tooth decay is the leading oral health concern for children and adults. A largely preventable disease, tooth decay is a growing health epidemic that can affect not only your oral health, but your systemic health as well. Tooth decay may lead to a spread of bacteria resulting in receding gums, gum disease, tooth loss, or even bone loss if left untreated.
Westside Dental Center offers teeth fillings, and a range of treatments for restoring a tooth damaged by decay. Treatment will vary depending on the extent of decay and stability of the natural tooth. Whenever possible Dr. Dham will attempt to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. Keeping natural teeth intact helps support a more stable bite.
Treatment options for tooth decay include:
Preventing Tooth Cavities in Plantation, FL
Tooth decay is caused by the acidic byproduct left behind by disease-causing oral bacteria. Bacteria feed on sugars that build up on the teeth. The acid eats away at the protective enamel layer of the tooth allowing bacteria to enter the pulp of the tooth. When this happens, a root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary to restore a patient’s oral health and to prevent further spread of bacteria.
Your number one defense against tooth decay is brushing and flossing twice a day for a full two minutes. Good at home oral hygiene should begin as the first tooth emerges in infancy. Brushing and flossing remove the food particles, sugar, and bacteria that build upon and in between teeth.
Dr. Dham may make personalized recommendations on the best brushing techniques for your teeth and can help show you and your family the best way to floss. Dr. Dham recommends fluoride toothpaste and can answer your questions about other products that can help keep your mouth healthy at your biannual dental checkups.
Visiting the dentist twice a year is essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Avoiding the dentist can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Biannual dental health exams allow Dr. Dham to catch signs of developing oral health concerns early, allows for more conservative treatment, and helps you keep your natural teeth healthy for life. Westside Dental Center is a no-judgment, welcoming, and warm dentist office near you. We help patients rebuild their smiles so that they may enjoy their optimal health for years to come.
Schedule an Oral Health Evaluation Today
Dr. Dham is a highly trained, experienced and compassionate dentist serving patients in Plantation, FL and surrounding communities near you. We take a personal and comprehensive approach to dental care. Dr. Dham helps patients restore their smiles with general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry under one roof. Contact Dr. Dham at (954) 251-0640 or request a dental exam online.