Avoid The Terror Of Tooth Decay

Oct 29th, 2015 | By | Category: General Dentistry

hilltoptoothacheThey cause toothaches. They can lead to infections. They can even threaten the stability of your smile. Cavities are a serious issue and one that can be brought on by consuming too many sugary sweets. This Halloween you can help your children avoid the terror of tooth decay with routine maintenance and preventive measures. Your child can enjoy Halloween and keep their smile free of cavities.

What Causes Cavities?

How do you develop a cavity in the first place? Tooth decay occurs when bacteria reaches the layers of dentin beneath the enamel. Then, a cavity can form. How does bacteria bypass the layers of outer enamel? In most cases, this happens as a result of poor oral hygiene combined with consuming too many sugary foods and/or drinks. If you don’t brush and floss properly, then bacteria breaks down sugary particles, boosting oral acidity and coating the teeth in plaque, causing the enamel to erode.

Do I Have One?

Do you have decay? If so, your teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Your teeth may also ache, developing discomfort as the decay spreads. Without treatment the issue can lead to an infection, requiring root canal or in extreme cases, extraction to properly address. Don’t ignore the potential warning signs of a cavity; see a dentist at the first sign of discomfort.

How Do I Avoid Them?

How do you prevent a cavity? First, we recommend you and your children cutting back on the consumption of candy. In addition, you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. We also urge patients of all ages to have their teeth examined and clanked about once every six months. If you have any questions about tooth decay prevention then please contact our office today.


Dr. Stefan Moiceanu is a highly skilled general and cosmetic dentist who proudly serves patients of all ages from Richmond, CA, and surrounding areas, such as Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental as soon as possible by calling us at (510) 758-7222.

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