Your Richmond Dentist Explains How to Avoid Dental Abscesses

Mar 15th, 2013 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Tooth Decay

dental abscessesIf you’ve ever had a cavity, then you probably don’t need to be told that tooth decay can be uncomfortable, to say the least. Tooth decay can be just as destructive as its name suggests; the physical structure of your tooth literally decays from a bacterial infection and can claim your entire tooth if not treated promptly. When decay is severe enough, small pockets of infected pus, called abscesses, can form inside or between your teeth and gums. Every bit as uncomfortable as they sound, and sometimes more so, these dental abscesses are best dealt with by preventing them from forming in the first place, which essentially means preventing tooth decay from developing. To help spare you a world of discomfort, your Richmond dentist encourages you to prevent dental abscesses by keeping tooth decay at bay.

Fight the Source

Although 90% of adults in America have been affected by tooth decay in at least one permanent tooth, fighting the disease is fairly simple. The bacteria that cause the infection are found in dental plaque; the sticky substance that inconveniently sticks to your teeth and gums as your day progresses. These germs convert sugar and other carbohydrates into acid, which gradually erodes tooth enamel (the strong, protective layer around your teeth) until bacteria can gain access to your tooth’s main structure. Before long, the germs initiate infection, and your tooth begins to decay.

Preemptive Protection from Tooth Decay

Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is a vital part of controlling bacterial plaque and its damaging consequences, but the daily routine is only a start. You can help deprive oral bacteria of their acid-producing fuel by limiting your snacking habits. The more often you eat, the more your teeth are exposed to acid and the less time your enamel has to regain its strength, which it accomplishes by absorbing the minerals that make up its composition (mainly calcium and phosphate, among others). Ensuring an adequate supply of these minerals can help your tooth enamel successfully survive acid erosion and continue protecting your teeth.

Protect and Restore Your Smile with Your Richmond Dentist

Another vital component of preventing dental abscesses and tooth decay is to visit your dentist at least once every six months for your dental checkup and cleaning. Our hygienists will thoroughly clean away residual plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line, and Dr. Moiceanu will thoroughly inspect your mouth for early signs of trouble. Detecting and treating tooth decay early can help you avoid the need for extensive dental work. To learn more, or if you believe you may already be affected by tooth decay, speak with Dr. Moiceanu as soon as possible. You can schedule a consultation with your Richmond CA,dentist by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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