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All About Tooth Decay

all about tooth decayTooth decay is one of the most common conditions in the world and can affect people of all ages. It is caused by oral bacteria, which release acidic byproducts that erode dental enamel. While tooth decay is extremely preventable, it can lead to cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease if left untreated. Our Phoenix dentist offers preventative treatments and restorations that can combat the effects of tooth decay and keep you smiling for years to come.

Your mouth is naturally full of bacteria. These bacteria consume sugars from the foods that you eat, and as these substances are broken down, they form a colorless film called plaque, which contains more bacteria. Plaque is a sticky, colorless substance that attaches to the surfaces of your teeth. The acids that are released leach minerals from the teeth. This most commonly occurs in enamel folds or fissures, along the gum line and on the surfaces of molars.

Good dental hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay. Brushing and flossing removes the plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Fluoride toothpaste can help remineralize teeth, and routine cleanings and checkups at our office can help remove additional plaque or tartar in hard-to-reach areas. Other preventative treatment options can include fluoride treatments or dental sealants. We can also catch early signs of tooth decay, which is most easily treated when diagnosed early. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in root canal in Phoenix.

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