Did you know that 50% of first-graders and 80% of 17-year-olds have tooth cavities?
Tooth cavities are generally the result of plaque build-up and can affect anyone, regardless of age. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. When plaque comes in contact with sugar and starch, it causes bacteria to produce an acid that attacks and erodes tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, the tooth becomes susceptible to the formation of dental cavities. Good oral hygiene and routine dental care are the keys to minimizing your risk of tooth decay and can provide the foundation for lifelong dental health.
How to Prevent Tooth Cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (if over the age of 2)
- Floss daily – cavities frequently form between teeth
- Maintain a healthy diet, limiting sugary snacks and soda
- Visit the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and exams
When patients who have a greater risk for tooth decay due to a medical condition, medication or genetics, we offer personalized dental care and oral hygiene advice for keeping your smile as healthy as possible between visits.
Treatment For Tooth Cavities
Dr. Trinkner offers a range of general dentistry services to treat any stage of tooth decay. Tooth-colored dental fillings are often used to treat teeth with early stages of tooth decay. Other options include inlays, onlays, and dental crowns. If tooth decay is extensive, a root canal may be necessary.
Visiting our Columbia dentist office twice a year for routine dental care provides the opportunity for Dr. Trinkner to spot developing tooth decay and other dental concerns in the early stages when a conservative treatment approach can be most effective.