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Preventing tooth decay is mostly about the basics: daily brushing and flossing followed by regular dental cleanings and checkups. But there’s also a bigger picture: your own personal risk profile for decay based on factors you can modify directly — and those you can’t.
The first type of factor usually involves habits and behavior that either work with your mouth’s natural defenses to fight decay or against it. Besides regular hygiene, your diet is probably the most important of these you can modify for better dental health.
A diet rich in fresh vegetables, protein and dairy products boosts strong, healthy teeth resistant to decay. Conversely, bacteria thrive on the sugar in many snack foods, while sodas, sports or energy drinks elevate acid levels that soften and erode the minerals in your teeth’s enamel.
Lifestyle habits like tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption also increase your decay risk. Not only do they promote plaque buildup (the thin film of bacteria and food particles that feeds the decay process), but tobacco especially can impede the body’s natural prevention and healing properties.
Conscientious hygiene practices, a dental-friendly diet and modified lifestyle habits all can help you prevent decay. But diligence may not be enough — there are other possible factors you can’t control or may find difficult to change. For example, you may have a genetic propensity toward certain bacteria that cause decay. You may have a condition like gastric reflux that increases the mouth’s acid level. You may also be taking medications that reduce saliva flow, the mouth’s natural acid neutralizer.
But if we know which of these indirect risk factors affect you, we can compensate with extra measures. If enamel strength is a problem we can topically apply fluoride; we can also reduce chronic bacterial levels with prescription rinses. If you have restricted saliva flow, we can attempt to modify your prescriptions through your doctor or prescribe aids that increase saliva.
The key is to investigate your complete risk factor profile through a thorough dental examination. Once we know everything about your mouth, life and health that increases your decay risk, we can put in place a balanced strategy of prevention and treatment just for you. Doing so will greatly increase your chances for keeping your teeth decay-free and healthy.
If you would like more information on preventing and treating dental disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Decay: How to Assess Your Risk.”
Are you ready to find out why tooth-colored dental fillings could be the best option for you?
While no one wants to think about cavities, sometimes this issue does rear its ugly head. In fact, a cavity is one of the most common dental issues, so chances are good that at some point in your lifetime you’ll be faced with one. But before you stress out, our Santa Rosa, CA, family dentists, Dr. Jeffrey Elliott and Dr. Luke Landeros, are here to tell you more about tooth-colored fillings and why they could be the perfect option.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
Fillings are used to restore a tooth after decay or even a minor crack or fracture. While there are many different kinds of materials from which to choose when it comes to getting a dental filling from our Santa Rosa general dentist, we believe that having a natural-looking smile is so very important even if you need dental work. This is why we offer fillings that are designed to closely resemble the rest of your tooth.
What are the benefits of getting tooth-colored dental fillings?
You can probably guess some of the benefits that you’ll enjoy if you choose to get this type of dental filling. For one, you will get a dental restoration that no one will be able to tell that you even have. Once a tooth-colored filling is placed it will blend in with the rest of your tooth.
Getting a dental filling can also restore your tooth almost to its original strength prior to decay or damage. A tooth that is left untreated will only weaken, which will lead to more serious complications. Getting a filling is a simple and yet one of the most effective ways to treat a decaying or fractured tooth.
Since we won’t be using metal materials to fill your tooth we also don’t need to remove as much of your tooth’s natural enamel, preserving as much of your tooth’s healthy structure as possible is so very important to its integrity, function and strength.
Whether you have questions about dental fillings or you need to schedule your routine cleaning, the dental experts at Santa Rosa Dental Care in Santa Rosa, CA, can set you up with an appointment whenever you need it most. Give our office a call today.
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