Your teeth are composed of strong enamel and dentin layers that keep them viable and the inside of the tooth protected. Dental decay is the degradation of that tooth structure that occurs as the result of the bacterial acids present in dental plaque and tartar. The outcome can be a cavity, the significant weakening of the tooth, and possibly an infection. At Cosmetic Dental Associates, we are committed to limiting the effects of dental decay and keeping your teeth intact and healthy.
The progress of dental decay is typically slow, but steady. The only way to put a stop to it is to keep plaque and tartar from having access to your teeth. That begins with preventing plaque formation. And since sugars and starches are responsible for it, keep a close watch on how much of both you consume in your foods and drinks. Brush your teeth first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and after meals whenever possible. This will give plaque less opportunity to decay your teeth. Floss before bed, as well, dislodging food particles that if left between your teeth would lead to more plaque. And then visit our South Plainfield dentist two times per year for a complete oral examination, x-rays, and teeth cleaning. Get cavities detected in a timely fashion, so that fillings can be put in. And with the removal of tartar buildup accomplished by a cleaning, our South Plainfield dentist makes the chances of future cavities less likely. Tartar is the hardened form of plaque, and cannot be eliminated with simple brushing and flossing. Eradicating it every six months puts the odds in your favor to keep tooth decay to a minimum.
Don’t let the time get away from you. Reach out to our office to schedule your next visit with our South Plainfield dentist. The battle against dental decay and cavities is ongoing, but it’s a winnable one.