We can effectively treat cavities and tooth decay at our dental offices in Hilliard and Upper Arlington, Ohio, as well as help patients with preventative measures to avoid future dental problems.
Cavities can affect people of all age groups. In a healthy mouth, the enamel, or hard outer layer of the teeth, protects the softer tissues inside. Acids can attack the enamel, forming a sticky layer loaded with bacteria, known as plaque. These acids and sugars in the foods you eat react with the plaque’s bacteria and eat away at the enamel until an opening is created. This hole and its resulting decay is a cavity.
Another factor that can leave adults vulnerable to tooth decay is related to old fillings. Old fillings can wear out, crack, loosen, and leave small openings in the teeth. The bacteria slip into these spaces and lead to tooth decay.
There are steps that can be taken to avoid cavities, and dental hygiene plays a major role. Brushing your teeth two times a day with fluoride toothpaste as well as flossing can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Regularly scheduled cleanings and checkups with your dentist are also important to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth.