According to the World Health Organization, 60-90% of children worldwide, and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. Yet, despite its prevalence, tooth decay is, in large part, preventable.
Tooth decay or cavities develop because of an infectious process that causes progressive damage to tooth structure. It begins because of a sticky film, known as plaque that accumulates on the surfaces of your teeth. As the harmful bacteria in dental plaque metabolize the sugars in your diet, they produce acids, which over time, can eat away at healthy tooth structure.
Without proper care, a cavity can lead to significant damage to tooth structure, irreversible damage to the nerve of the tooth, a dental infection, tooth loss, and even more severe consequences to your overall health and well being.
At the office of Clever Dental, we emphasize taking a proactive approach to the prevention of dental disease. Our office provides the highest level of skilled and experienced care to help reduce your risk for tooth decay, and to diagnose cavities early in their onset when they are typically the easiest to treat.
Excellent oral hygiene, a nutritious diet that is low in sweets, along with routine dental cleanings and care are the best ways to protect the health of your smile. By brushing and flossing your teeth each day as recommended, you help to prevent the buildup of dental plaque, which is responsible for dental disease. As dedicated providers of care, our goal is for every patient to enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. Our professional team provides essential dietary guidance and demonstrates the best methods of home care to help patients of all ages maintain optimal oral health.
While excellent oral hygiene and wise dietary choices are essential for the prevention of dental disease, plaque can still hideout and harden in spots too difficult for your toothbrush to reach. For this reason, we advise professional teeth cleaning twice a year at checkup time. In this way, our hygienist can remove any residual plaque you may have missed while brushing, and guide you on better practices for maintaining optimal oral hygiene at home. Since children are particularly vulnerable to cavities, we provide periodic fluoride treatments and place dental sealants to strengthen and shield their teeth.
Whether it’s for a child, teen, adult, or senior citizen, every checkup visit also includes a thorough examination of the teeth, gums and their supporting structures. In this way we can spot any emerging or existing problems and provide precise and gentle care in a timely and effective manner. If a cavity is present, you can rest assured that your treatment is in the best of hands. Our office uses the latest generation of cosmetically pleasing, tooth colored materials, which blend seamlessly with your smile to restore the appearance and function of your tooth.
At the office of Clever Dental, we provide a personalized approach to care. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about preventing cavities, give us a call today.