At Fidel Dental Group, we proudly provide a comprehensive range of dental services to patients of all ages in our two locations in Washington DC and Arlington, VA. As a dental practice that puts an importance on Washington DC tooth decay prevention, our doctors and expert staff work alongside our patients to ensure they are doing everything they can to keep their smiles healthy.
Tooth decay is a very common problem affecting children and adults. If it is not caught early and treated, tooth decay can lead to pain, missed school or work, tooth loss and sometimes even worse illnesses due to bacteria from the decay traveling via the bloodstream to other areas of the body. Even though tooth decay is estimated to affect over one-fourth of all children in the United States aged two to five and half of of those between the ages of 12 and 15, it doesn’t have to affect you or your family! Here is some helpful information about tooth decay and how you can avoid becoming one of its victims.
How Tooth Decay Starts
Tooth decay begins when the sticky film called plaque collects on the teeth. The harmful bacteria in plaque feeds off the sugars in foods to produce acids. These harsh acids slowly eat into the protective enamel on teeth. As the decay continues, it penetrates into the dentin that is made up of tiny nerve endings which become irritated and cause sensitivity when exposed to hot, cold, sweet and sticky foods. At this stage of decay, it is common to feel discomfort when biting down. As the decay continues, the discomfort felt earlier will most likely turn to frequent or constant pain that requires immediate treatment.
Tooth Decay Prevention is a Process
Instead of looking for a single solution for preventing tooth decay, fighting tooth decay should be viewed as a process of preventative maintenance that involves:
- Practicing Excellent Oral Hygiene at Home
- Visiting your Dentist Regularly for Checkups and Cleanings
- Eating a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet
- Cutting Back On or Eliminating Sugary Foods & Snacks from your Diet
When you visit our office for routine checkups and cleanings, we will discuss your overall oral health with you and provide you with any necessary tips that can help you avoid tooth decay. Because each patient we see is unique with his or her own personality and lifestyle, we can assess your individual risk for decay and then come up with a plan that will work for you.
Instead of waiting until you feel tooth discomfort or pain to schedule an appointment with us, we strongly recommend taking a more proactive approach to tooth decay. You can save yourself a lot of pain and expense by visiting our office regularly and seeking immediate treatment whenever notice something's not right with your teeth or gums like tooth pain or gum tissue inflammation.
Extra Preventative Measures for Fighting Tooth Decay
Some people are more prone to tooth decay than others. For these individuals, more frequent dental visits may be necessary to stay on top of problems like plaque buildup and gum disease. If you are more prone to tooth decay than others, we can show you how to more effectively brush and floss your teeth. We can also recommend some steps you can take at home to help keep your teeth healthy, such as using a particular type of toothpaste or mouth rinse.
Our office provides in-office fluoride treatments for those of our patients who may not be getting enough of this decay-fighting mineral. We also offer dental sealants to our young patients who are more prone to tooth decay than other kids. A dental sealant is a thin layer of a plastic resin material that seeps into the tiny pits and fissures on teeth where bacteria gathers. Once sealants have been applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, the teeth are much more resistant to tooth decay.
Contact Fidel Dental Group
If you have any questions about tooth decay or want some more tips on how to help your family avoid this common problem, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we’re always happy to speak with you! If it’s time for you or your child to undergo a routine checkup and professional cleaning, please request an appointment today. We want all our patients to enjoy the many benefits that come with having healthy and attractive smiles!