Toothaches, infections, and even tooth loss can result from dental decay and the cavities that form because of them. At Brooklyn Dental Group, our goal is to prevent the consequences of dental decay so that you can enjoy the benefits of healthy and intact teeth.
The cause of dental decay is plaque, the film-like bacteria that develops on your teeth and at the gum line. The catalyst that makes plaque a presence to be dealt with is sugar in your diet. The acids in plaque erode your tooth structure. Given enough time, small holes, or cavities, occur. So priority number one is to have less plaque. To do that, you simply need to eat and drink fewer items with sugar in them. Don’t forget hidden sources of sugar, including in condiments like ketchup and in commercially bottled salad dressings, for example. Potatoes, bread, pasta, rice, and other starches react the same when it comes to fueling plaque. Priority number two, closely behind, is to engage in effective oral hygiene. Our East Flatbush dentist recommends brushing your teeth at least twice per day. Optimally, you should brush when you wake up, after meals, and then before you to sleep, at which time flossing should also be done. Tartar is the hard, crusty form that plaque turns into when it hides out of reach of your toothbrush and dental floss. Visit our East Flatbush dentist every six months for a complete examination and a teeth cleaning, which will succeed in eradicating your tartar buildup. This simple effort is responsible for major benefits in the prevention of continued dental decay and cavity development.
It’s a great feeling and a relief to find out that you have no cavities when you come in to see our East Flatbush dentist. So do everything possible to support that result. Stick your oral hygiene routine, and reach out to our office to schedule your next visit for an examination and teeth cleaning.