Dental Services in Southern Pines NC

Exploring the Dental Damage: Tooth Decay

March 25, 2024

While the common cold is widely acknowledged as the most widespread health problem, tooth decay comes in a close second. Although cavities are largely preventable, neglect can lead to compromised tooth structure, affected dental tissues and even severe infection or tooth loss.

Tooth Decay: Why it happens and how prevention is key

The formation of a cavity is usually a result of plaque not being consistently removed from around your teeth. Dental plaque harbors bacteria that can be detrimental to oral health, but diligence in eliminating it can help prevent cavities.

At the office of John F. Ceraso, DMD, we place great emphasis on the early detection and prevention of dental disease. When you visit us for a checkup, your smile and those of your family members are in the most capable hands. We make use of advanced dental technology and techniques to thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and jaw for any sign of dental disease or developing problems.

During routine checkups, you can also expect a professional cleaning to get rid of any accumulated dental plaque or tartar that may have been missed while brushing or flossing at home. Our team of dental professionals will review your personal oral care practices and offer guidance on how you can more efficiently clean and take care of your teeth between appointments.

Extra care for children's teeth: Preventing tooth decay in youngsters

Due to inconsistent oral hygiene habits and certain dietary choices, children are particularly prone to developing cavities. In fact, studies reveal that almost 8 out of every 10 children will have had a cavity by the time they turn 17 years old. As an extra precaution against tooth decay in children, our dentist may recommend periodic fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

Prioritizing patient comfort and care

If you are diagnosed with tooth decay, it's advisable not to delay treatment. Without intervention, cavities can worsen over time, causing more damage and discomfort. Our dentist will carefully remove any damaged tooth structure and place a restoration that will restore your tooth's structural integrity, appearance and function. We use the latest generation of aesthetically pleasing, tooth-colored materials to ensure the restorations blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Comprehensive oral care solutions for all smiles

Although tooth decay is a common and widespread issue in dentistry, regular visits can help make cavities almost entirely preventable. At the office of John F. Ceraso, DMD, we offer personalized, state-of-the-art solutions for all your dental health needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with us today.

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