Your Family’s Cavity Risk Explained by Richmond Dentist

Dec 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Family Dentistry, Oral Hygiene

dental healthYou can prepare your family for a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles by keeping your mouth in excellent health, and teaching your children to do the same. Unfortunately, however, the best dental hygiene practices are not full-proof, and even if your family diligently brushes and flosses their teeth, there still may be a risk of developing cavities. To illustrate this risk, over 50% of school-aged children in America have had at least one cavity, and 90% of adults have been affected by decay in their permanent teeth. To help you maintain your family’s tradition of good dental health, your Richmond dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, explains how you can help protect your family’s teeth from tooth decay.

Who (or What) Else are You Feeding?

Have you ever run your tongue across the surfaces of your teeth and cringed at the sticky substance that’s accumulated there? It’s called plaque, and it’s made almost entirely of various oral bacteria. As living organisms, these microbes consume fuel from the food and drink it encounters, some of them converting nutrients (like sugars and carbs) into harmful acids. Tooth decay begins when these acids break down your tooth enamel and sap minerals from your teeth to keep the enamel weak. Refrain from frequently snacking on sugary or starchy snacks (i.e., candy, cookies, cupcakes, etc.). Instead, replace sweets with fresh fruits, raw vegetables, nuts, cheese, and other foods rich in calcium, which helps enamel maintain its strength.

A Little Extra Cavity-Fighting Power

Proper oral hygiene and a cautious diet can significantly reduce your family’s risk of tooth decay, but a complete oral health regimen also involves visiting your Richmond dentist at least once every six months (or sooner if directed) for routine dental checkups and cleanings.  Plaque that has remained on your teeth for 48 hours or more calcifies (hardens) into tartar, which cannot be removed with your toothbrush. As tartar allows bacteria a stronger hold on your teeth than dental plaque, and poses a greater risk to you and your family’s dental health. Aside from thoroughly clearing away plaque and tartar, Dr. Moiceanu may also recommend additional protection through fluoride treatments. Fluoride, from the mineral fluorine, helps strengthen tooth enamel and make your tooth structure more resistant to tooth decay.

Family Dentistry in Richmond

To learn more about protecting your family’s dental health, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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