Tooth Decay Prevention

Tooth Decay Prevention
Posted on 12/13/2016

asian girlsAt Sunbury Dental, we work hard to provide high-quality dental care to families in Sunbury and other surrounding Ohio communities.

Our dentists and their highly trained staff want to make every patient feel at home in the office. We have years of experience working with people of all ages and with every kind of dental need. Our mission is to help our patients develop a beautiful, healthy smile—and that means taking an active stance on tooth decay prevention.

A Common, But Preventable Problem 

Tooth decay is one of the most common human diseases, second only to the common cold! Thankfully, tooth decay is highly preventable.

There's no single "magic bullet" to stop tooth decay, but using a combination of preventive techniques can keep tooth decay at bay. At the most basic level, a consistent routine of brushing and flossing your teeth at home combined with regular cleanings at our Sunbury office can help prevent decay. But that's just the beginning of the prevention process. In addition to these basic elements, it's important that you watch your:

  • Diet: Foods that are high in sugar or acids can eat away at tooth enamel, and colored drinks like soda and coffee can stain teeth. It's important to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet in order to ensure proper dental health.
  • Brushing Technique: While brushing your teeth is important, equally is important is how you brush your teeth. Make sure you cover all areas, including uneven surfaces, and utilize our dentist’s recommended best practices for brushing and flossing your teeth.
  • Supplementary Treatments: Treatments like dental sealants help prevent tooth decay. 

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Your mouth is a dynamically balanced ecosystem filled with living bacteria—both the good and the bad kind. While many types of bacteria benefit your teeth and mouth, others break down the sugars and carbohydrates in food and turn them into acids that eat away at tooth enamel and cause decay. The goal of our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice is to keep the harmful bacteria in check, allowing the beneficial bacteria and other biological factors like saliva to strengthen and clean your teeth. 

Extra Steps for Prevention

In some cases regular steps for prevention are not enough. If that's the case, dentists can use a variety of extra steps to bolster tooth health. In-office fluoride treatments and take-home pastes and rinses can help improve the structural integrity of teeth and fortify them against acids and bacteria.

Another highly effective preventive treatment (as previously mentioned) is dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin, virtually invisible layers of resin that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the rear molars. The process of application is completely painless and provides a semi-permanent layer of protection for the back teeth, which are some of the hardest teeth to clean.

Contact Your Sunbury Dentists

If you have more questions about preventing tooth decay, we'd be happy to answer them. Feel free to call our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice at (740) 965-2451, or reach out to us via our contact page. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you develop a beautiful, healthy smile!