Did you enjoy your Valentine’s Day celebrations? Like us, you probably received a number of sugary sweets, such as candy and chocolates. However, we hope you know that eating too much candy could impact more than just your waistline. In order to safeguard smiles in Tucson, AZ, against cavities, we may suggest preventive care.
How Sugar Leads to Cavities
What makes sugary foods and drinks so harmful for your smile? Well, the sugar particles left behind on and between your teeth may be broken down by bacteria. In the process, the levels of oral acidity increase and the teeth become coated in plaque buildup. A sticky bacterial byproduct, plaque actually weakens outer tooth enamel. The enamel could eventually erode, enabling bacteria to move past the protective layer of enamel and onto the layers of dentin beneath. A cavity then forms, one that could eventually cause the teeth to become sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks, or persistent toothaches. Without treatment, your smile could become susceptible to a serious infection or abscess.
Protecting Your Smile
Fortunately, you can take steps to help prevent cavities from forming. First, try to limit the amount of candy you eat each day and be sure you wash down your treats with a glass of water. When you wake and before you go to bed, be sure you brush your teeth twice for two minutes each session. You should also use a toothpaste that contains fluoride (a mineral that strengthens outer enamel) and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. We also suggest flossing before you go to bed. Every six months, you should see us for a checkup and dental cleaning. A checkup allows us to identify decay in the earliest possible stages, often treating the problem before you develop toothaches. A cleaning removes all plaque and tartar, protecting your smile form cavities, as well as gingivitis and gum disease.
What if a cavity does form? Well, we may restore the health, function, and appearance of your tooth with a metal-free composite resin filling. After we remove the decay from your tooth and clean it, we will apply the filling material. We actually shade the material to match your tooth. We cure the material under a light and then polish the tooth for a more natural appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit!
Does Your Tooth Ache?
We want you to enjoy a smile free of tooth decay. For more information on our approach to preventive and restorative dental care, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.