Whitby, let’s prevent tooth decay!
At Downtown Whitby Dentistry we care about your daily oral health and preventing tooth decay, also known as dental caries. We’re improving our oral hygiene, yet there’s still room for improvement as it’s the most common chronic disease in children. Nine out of ten people over the age of twenty have some form of tooth decay. As a family dentist in Whitby we know how important proper Hygiene and nutrition is in order to prevent cavities.
Acid-forming bacteria dissolve the surface of the teeth, creating holes. A susceptible tooth, groups of bacteria by the gumline and a high sugar diet put you at risk
Early Childhood Decay
Babies and children are susceptible to decay. Avoid risks by gently clean gums and newly erupted teeth with gauze, wash cloth twice a day, don’t give babies milk or juice at naptime or bedtime and don’t give babies a sweetened pacifier or one that’s been in your mouth. Talk to us about government assisted programs to ensure your children’s oral health.
Prevent Tooth Decay
Getting your teeth cleaned regularly can stop the progression of cavities and we’re here to help you keep your beautiful natural smile at Downtown Whitby Dentistry.
Some initial signs of a cavity are when the tooth turns brown or black and it will eventually become a hole. Before the cavity forms, the process is reversable, but after, the damage is permanent and if left too long the tooth could eventually die. As the cavity grows the pain will worsen when exposed to heat, cold, sweet and sour food and drinks. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to infection and swelling, bad breath, fractured teeth, loss of a teeth, root canals and more.
What puts you at risk? Poor oral health, high amounts of harmful bacteria, high sugar diet, not enough fluoride, dry mouth (often caused by medication) put you at risk. Other risk factors include chemo-therapy, eating disorders, drug or alcohol addictions and gum disease.
Some of the treatments we offer at Downtown Whitby Dentistry
Our first line of defense is regular visits to the dental hygienist. Some cavities are easy to see and others require a radiograph to be detected. The most common treatment is a filling, some cavities will require root canals, crowns or extraction depending on the severity.
Here are some tips from Dr. Jamshid Nematollahi (Dr. J) on how to prevent cavities
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with
fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush
- Floss between teeth once a day
- Replace your toothbrush every two months or after a cold or flu
- Visit your hygienist on a regular basis for professional cleaning, sealant application, protective coatings and early cavity prevention
- Maintain a low sugar well-balanced diet, avoid sticky or sweet snacks and drinks
- After eating rinse your teeth thoroughly or chew sugar-free gum
If you have any questions your Whitby dentist is here to help. Give us a call today!