Did you know that tooth decay is largely preventable?
Although it is a largely preventable disease, tooth decay remains a leading dental health concern that affects patients of all ages. With adequate oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, tooth decay is often preventable. Tooth decay is progressive and will worsen if left untreated. Regular dental health exams allow for early treatment and can protect the teeth and gums from further damage caused by tooth decay. Rockville dentist Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh offers treatment options for repairing decayed tooth structure.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is caused by a bacterial build up often a result of poor oral hygiene. When food or debris gets trapped between teeth or in the crevices of the tooth crown, plaque, and tartar being to form. Bacteria multiply and leave behind an acidic byproduct that erodes tooth enamel. Once the protective coating becomes compromised, infection is common and can spread to the root of the tooth. Root canal infections are painful and may require a root canal or tooth extraction. Early diagnosis of the tooth decay is essential for conservative treatment.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Most patients will experience tooth decay at some point in their lives. Tooth decay can have a range of causes, including a diet high in sugar, inadequate oral health care, poor oral hygiene and other oral health related conditions.
Adequate oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular dental health exams can help to avoid tooth decay. Early detection of cavities is essential to allow for conservative treatment and to prevent the need for restorative treatments or even a tooth extraction. Daily oral hygiene is important for maintaining the health of your natural smile. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay. At home oral hygiene is your first defense against complex oral health concerns and can keep your teeth healthy in between dentist visits. Visiting the dentist every six months is one of the best things you can do for your oral and overall well-being. Our Congressional dental care team places an emphasis on disease prevention. At routine visits, we will provide you with a thorough oral screening and check for the early signs of tooth cavities, oral cancer, and gum disease.
Treatments for Tooth Decay
Treatment for tooth decay will vary depending on the progression of the cavity. Dr. Sarkarzadeh will help patients determine which treatment option will offer long term results and support optimal oral health. Dr.Sarkarzadeh will always attempt to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible to help support long term oral stability.
Schedule An Oral Health Exam
Dr. Sarkarzadeh and the American Dental Association recommended visiting the dentist once every six months for a dental health exam and professional teeth cleaning. Contact our Rockville, MD dentist office, or request an appointment online. We welcome new patients from Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Aspen Hill, Rollins Park and all surrounding communities.