Are You A Candidate For Fillings?
Everyone is susceptible to cavities, but they can be prevented with a diligent home care regimen that includes regular brushing at least twice a day and flossing once per day.
What are cavities?
When the food we eat interact with bacteria in our mouths, the result is a chemical reaction that produces acid. This acid can erode tooth enamel (the white part of the teeth that we can see). This causes the tooth to decay. Eventually, a small hole will form in the tooth’s enamel surface and this is a cavity. As it grows, it’s an open door to infection and further decay that weakens the tooth and leads to pain and tooth loss.
Initially, you may not experience any symptoms of having a cavity. However, as the cavity progresses, these are some of the telltale signs:
In addition to decay on the enamel crown of a tooth, here are two other places that are vulnerable…
What’s the best way to prevent cavities?
Good home care and see us at least twice a year for checkups and oral hygiene care. Brush for two minutes twice a day and floss once and eat a balanced diet.
What are the risk factors for developing cavities?
As your dental team, we practice preventive dentistry and we always monitor potential problem areas and catch and repair small cavities before they grow larger and cause more extensive and expensive damage. By visiting us regularly, you are being proactive in keeping harmful cavities at bay. This will potentially minimize the number of necessary dental visits in the future – and you won’t have to spend as much money on reversing the damage.
What are some options for fillings?
There are a number of options for dental fillings, and together, we’ll choose what’s best for your unique situation:
If you’re looking for a dentist in Longmont for your family, we’d be very pleased to welcome you to our practice, check the condition of your fillings, and talk about what could help you smile more! Call us at (720) 526-3146 to request your appointment today!