How to fight and treat tooth decay
One of the most common dental problems is that of tooth decay. Also known as cavities, tooth decay can impact the smile in a dramatic way. When tooth decay occurs, it eats at the natural enamel of the tooth. When the decay gets deeper, it can become even more problematic and result in infection of the dental pulp within the tooth. While most small areas of decay can be treated with fillings, some patients may have extensive damage that requires the removal of the tooth altogether. With proper care and attention, patients in the Melville, NY area can combat tooth decay and prevent it altogether with proper oral health habits.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is the formation of holes in the natural tooth enamel due to bacteria, acids, and plaque buildup. Bacteria feeds on sugars and creates acids that eat away at enamel. The formation of decay occurs over time, and if it is not detected early enough for successful treatment, it can become extremely large and impact your overall oral health.
How can I protect my smile from tooth decay?
Preventive dentistry is key to keeping the smile healthy. Patients should eat a healthy diet, brush and floss after every meal, and visit Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island every six months for a cleaning and evaluation. Patients are also urged to treat cavities with the use of fillings as soon as possible to prevent the progression of decay. While protecting the smile from cavities, patients will also be protecting their smile from the development of periodontal disease, another condition that can dramatically impact one’s oral health.
Learn more about tooth decay
If you live in the Melville, NY area and are interested in learning more about ways of fighting and treating tooth decay, we welcome you to call our office at (631) 423-6767. Dr. Dean Glasser and his team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island are here to provide a wide range of services to assist individuals in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles for life—and smiles free from cavities and disease! Our office is conveniently located at 458 Old Country Road and is accepting new patients.