Most dental decay does occur in children, teens, and young adults. But cavities occur for a reason: namely a lack of proper oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for preventative treatment could reduce dental decay overall. But we have to do our part in prevention.
If an adult does not adhere to a regimented oral hygiene program, dental decay (among other potential problems) can occur:
Brushing a minimum of twice each day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel is critical to healthy teeth and gums.
Flossing daily to remove food and debris that the tooth brush does not effectively reach not only helps to control plaque build-up, but the gum tissue is stimulated when flossing is performed correctly and consistently.
Services available by our dental team have evolved in recent decades to aid in decay prevention including sealants, fluoride treatments, and education.
Sealants can be applied to teeth unaffected by dental decay. A sealant is a protective coating that penetrates the grooves and pits in the chewing surfaces of teeth that seals out harmful bacteria in the areas most prone to cavities. Sealants can wear down or chip so our dentists may need to reapply them to offer the optimum protection from decay.
Fluoride is a nutrient that is crucial to dental health; it has been added to the water supply throughout most U.S. communities, but due to the consumption of bottled water many patients lack sufficient fluoride to aid in their dental health. Fluoride treatments are available from our dentists and are recommended for patients of all ages that may lack sufficient fluoride. In addition many tooth pastes, gels, and dental rinses contain fluoride.
Cavities occur when dental enamel is breached often due to excess bacteria that stick to teeth. Sugars in foods and drinks allow bacteria to adhere to dental enamel leading to plaque build-up. Plaque build-up leads to problems like dental decay, gingivitis, or gum disease. Curtailing sugary snacks and beverages is important for children and adults.
Our dentists have the tools to educate you on the best ways to prevent dental decay. This instruction applies to children, teens, and adults alike. In addition to the preventative measures you can take, being proactive in teaching your children how to care for their teeth will likely stay with them throughout their entire life.
To set up a consultation or appointment with our skilled dental team at Ora Dental Studio, call us today!