Your teeth are strong structures, consisting of a top enamel layer and a dentin layer beneath. Because of how dependable they are, you can chew even the crunchiest and toughest foods with confidence. And the inside of each tooth, where the delicate pulp and nerve is, remains fully protected. Unfortunately, dental decay puts your teeth at risk. It ultimately leads to the formation of cavities, bringing with that the possibility of toothaches, infections, root canal, and even tooth loss. Richard L. Kalmans, D.D.S., our Stamford dentist, will provide you with the attentive care and the essential guidance to keep dental decay to a bare minimum.
If you want to put a stop to dental decay, you have to go to the source. That means limiting the amount of dental plaque that forms on your teeth and between your gums and teeth. This bacterial film has acids in it, which erode your tooth enamel. Dental plaque is fueled by the sugars and starches in your diet. So begin by eating less of them both. Our Stamford dentist recommends that instead of just brushing your teeth in the morning and again before bed, you also do so after meals. Doing so means that dental plaque has less opportunity to result in dental decay. Be sure to also floss thoroughly, between each tooth, before you go to sleep. It’s essential to loosen up food particles that are stuck there, as well as sticky plaque. And since hardened tartar develops from leftover plaque, it is crucial that you visit our Stamford dentist every six months for a complete examination and teeth cleaning, during which existing cavities can be detected and treated, and future ones prevented by eliminating tartar buildup.
Be sure to reach out to our office right now and schedule your next exam and cleaning. Dental decay and cavities do not have to be a certainty.