Dental decay can lead to serious problems, such as infection, bone and nerve damage, tooth loss, and in some serious cases, infection can spread to other parts of the body. Here, Pismo Beach dentist Dr. Perry Patel, D.D.S., shares tips on how to prevent tooth decay:
How do cavities form?
There is a constant battle going on inside the mouth every day, between plaque and sugars and natural saliva. Things that dry out the mouth, such as smoking or drinking alcohol, are particularly harmful for teeth.
When a tooth is exposed to acid, such as in foods and drinks, the enamel can break down and tooth decay will begin to form. The good news though is that tooth decay, if caught early, can be reversed. Enamel can repair itself with salvia, aided by toothpastes and dental cleaning.
What is the difference between tooth decay and cavities?
The same thing causes cavities, tooth decay, and caries. They are simply different stages of decay. Tooth decay is the layman's term for caries. Caries are infectious diseases that result in permanent damage to the tooth. As tooth decay or caries form and deepen into the tooth, they form a mushroom shaped cavity in the tooth, hence the name cavity.
What is the best way to prevent tooth decay?
Avoiding certain foods, especially sugars and starches, is a great way to prevent tooth decay. Fruit juices and sodas are some of the worst offenders.
Some other tips to help prevent tooth decay:
- Always brush your teeth after eating or drinking.
- Visit a great dentist, such as Pismo Beach dentist Dr. Perry Patel, twice per year for cleanings.
- Make sure that all cavities are properly taken care of. Infection can spread to other teeth.
- Avoid snacking, especially on starchy or sugary foods or drinks.
- Consider dental sealants.
- Ask about antibacterial treatments. This is effective for people who may be particularly prone to tooth decay.
About Perry Patel, DDS
Perry Patel, DDS, is the premiere Pismo Beach dentist. Originally from London, England, Patel and his family moved to San Luis Obispo in 1984. He earned a bachelors degree from UCLA, and then continued to the UCLA school of dentistry.
Patel is passionate about contining his dental education and commitment to excellence. He attends seminars and frequent supplemental training to make sure that the care that he provides in his dental office is top-of-the-line.
Visit Perry Patel, DDS, today, at 901 North Oak Park Boulevard, in Pismo Beach. Call today at (805) 489-4761.
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Perry Patel DDS
901 North Oak Park Blvd.
Pismo Beach, CA 93449