Preventing Tooth Decay

Preventing Tooth DecayBacteria live naturally in our bodies and serve many purposes to fight infections and diseases. Bacteria inside of the mouth will grow quickly and must be removed constantly to prevent the formation of bacterial build up on the teeth and gum lines. The bacteria are harmful to the enamel of teeth and begin to erode the enamel when not removed. This enamel erosion leads to weakened areas of the teeth and is a breeding ground for cavity growth and increases the risk of oral diseases like gingivitis. When left untreated, these disorders can begin to decay normal teeth resulting in advanced decay or tooth loss.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Removing the excess bacteria is the first step to preventing tooth decay. Proper teeth brushing and flossing are required to remove daily bacterial build up and food particles that remain lodged between teeth. An additional measure is using an oral mouth rinse to decrease the growth of bacteria inside the mouth. Combining these daily routines with regular dental checkups by our Los Angeles dentist will decrease the growth of bacterial and lessen the risk of developing tooth decay.

Treatments for Tooth Decay

Severe yellowing or advanced staining can be early warning signs of tooth decay. Cavities can penetrate the inner tooth and lead to root deterioration that accelerates the decay. Fluoride treatments from our dentist in Los Angeles can help to strengthen teeth that are in the beginning stages of tooth decay. Routine dental cleanings are needed to remove bacterial growth and tooth sealants can help prevent further decay.

Source: Dentist Los Angeles

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