Gentle Dental Care, Tough On Tooth Decay
- March 22, 2018
Cavities might not seem like a big deal, but consider this: Almost every American adult — 92 percent — experiences at least one during their lifetime, and they can lead to hypersensitivity, toothache, and infection. At Gentle Dental Care, we’re proud to offer both preventative and restorative treatments that are tough on tooth decay but incredibly gentle for you as the patient!
Our knowledgeable staff pairs extensive expertise and training with some of the latest techniques and technology dentistry has to offer. When we do find signs of decay, we’ll thoroughly clean the tooth and protect it with a tooth-colored filling that’s so discreet that you might forget that it’s there.
But of course, prevention is always best! Read on for five ways our office can partner with you to prevent tooth decay. Then, if you’re looking for a dental home in Plainville, CT, give us a call at (860) 479-2397 to schedule an appointment.
1. Commit To Routine Checkups.
Brushing and flossing are key to great dental health, but to truly be effective at preventing tooth decay, you’ll need a team of professionals in your corner. By visiting the dentist once every six months for routine checkups and cleanings, you increase the likelihood that the earliest signs of decay will be detected so any damage can be repaired quickly.
At Gentle Dental Care, we pride ourselves on being detail-oriented. As with all of our dental procedures, we’re meticulous when it comes to regular exams and cleanings! Plus, these visits give us the chance to remove any bacterial buildup that may have accumulated since your last professional cleaning — particularly tartar, or hardened plaque — which contributes to cavities and can’t safely be removed with normal brushing and flossing.
2. Protect Your Teeth With Sealants.
Most people get sealants as kids, but they’re still a good idea if you’re an adult who wants to avoid cavities. Sealants are thin coats of plastic that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth, which are particularly vulnerable to decay. According to the American Dental Association, sealants have shown that when applied to molars, they decrease the risk of decay by 80 percent! And, they’re a safe way to prevent cavities.
3. Be Mindful Of Your Sugar Intake.
Sugar is one of the primary drivers of tooth decay because bacteria love it. When it’s not thoroughly removed from your teeth and gums, harmful bacteria congregate, consuming the sugars and releasing an acidic substance that wears away at your tooth enamel.
So, it makes sense that cutting back on your sugar intake can reduce your risk of cavities. Be mindful not only of the amount you consume but also how you’re exposing your teeth to it. For example, sipping two cans of a soft drink throughout the day can actually be worse for your teeth than drinking two cans in a half-hour period because of the prolonged and repeated exposure.
If you’re looking to modify your diet to keep your smile healthy, our team would be happy to help! We offer nutritional counseling that can help you make the best choices for your oral and overall health.
4. Opt For Fluoride.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that strengthens enamel to better protect your teeth from decay. It’s found in most toothpaste and sources of tap water. If you use a fluoride-free toothpaste, consider switching to one that contains fluoride to better prevent cavities. Similarly, if you primarily drink bottled water — which sometimes does not contain fluoride — check the label.
At Gentle Dental Care, we also offer topical fluoride treatments if you’re looking to further protect your teeth!
5. Practice Healthy At-Home Habits.
You’ve probably heard it before, but we’ll say it again: It’s important to brush your teeth! Properly brushing twice a day for two minutes each time removes food particles that might otherwise linger and attract harmful bacteria. And don’t forget to floss once a day, too!
Let’s Work Together Toward Better Health
At Gentle Dental Care, we want you to enjoy a healthy, hassle-free smile — and for that, prevention is key! If you’re due for a routine checkup or simply have questions about your dental health, call us at (860) 479-2397. You can also use our online form to request an appointment.