Maintaining healthy teeth means that your tooth structure needs to stay intact. Dental decay threatens that, leading to the formation of cavities and the eventual breach in the protective layers that keep your tooth’s nerve and pulp safe. Our East Greenwich dentist, Peter U. Wolff, DMD is dedicated to making dental decay a minimal factor in your oral health.
So it is established that cavities are the result of dental decay, but what is the source of the decay to begin with? Dental plaque is the film-like bacterial substance whose acids erode your tooth enamel. It is fueled by the presence of sugars and starches in your diet. Therefore, at the top of the list when it comes to priorities should be to keep a close watch on what you eat and drink. Don’t overdo it when it comes to soda, fruit juice, cake, candy, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and any other item that is categorized as sugar or starch. You don’t have to give them up entirely, though. Our East Greenwich dentist recommends that you brush your teeth upon waking, after meals, and at bedtime, with thorough flossing accompanying the last brushing of the day. The less time that plaque has to be on the surface of your teeth, the less harm it can be responsible for. A consequence that you need to be alert for, however, is that any plaque that escapes the reach of your toothbrush and dental floss will harden, becoming tartar. It is not possible to efficiently remove tartar with home oral hygiene, and so you’ll need to visit our East Greenwich dentist. Come in every six months for a complete oral examination, during which any existing cavities will be diagnosed and treated. In addition, a teeth cleaning will eradicate tartar buildup, and lessen the chances of future dental decay and cavities.
Reach out to our office to schedule an appointment for your next exam and cleaning.