Dealing with Dental Decay

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Do you have tooth decay? If you answered “no”, don’t be so sure. In the earliest stages, tooth decay may not have any symptoms at all, and you may not be aware of it until the symptoms start to emerge.

With modern dental technology, our dentist, Dr. David Blackhurst can actually diagnose and treat trouble spots before they become serious, which is one reason why you should come in for your regular cleanings and exams. As tooth decay progress, you may notice a discoloration of the tooth, and perhaps a bad odor. If the decay is not treated a cavity can form, which will require a filling, inlay or onlay, or a bond or crown. If the cavity is ignored, and infection can develop which may require a root canal or even an extraction. If you suffer from gum disease and your gums are receding, you can be at risk for decay in roots of your tooth. While the crown of your tooth is covered in enamel, the roots are covered by cementum, which is not nearly as strong.

The best way to deal is with cavities is to prevent them. Regular visits to David R Blackhurst DDS will give the dentist the opportunity to prevent cavities or treat decay before it starts to damage your tooth. At home, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. You should also limit your intake of foods and drinks that contain sugar, acids and carbohydrates. The dentist can also use sealants to protect your molars from tooth decay.

If your teeth could use a checkup and a cleaning in American Fork, Utah, we will be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment, call 801-756-7211 today.