Tooth Decay Prevention

At Brownsburg Dental, it’s our goal to help all of our patients in and around Brownsburg, Speedway, and West Indianapolis, IN attain the healthiest smiles possible. We’re proud to offer a wide variety of general dentistry treatments that will give you teeth that look great and feel great as well. One of the major foundations for giving a person strong and healthy teeth is through a committed effort to prevent tooth decay.

Tooth decay is a progressive disease that results from the interaction of bacteria in your mouth and the sugars that you consume. Sugar will cause a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids. Acid will eat away at your tooth enamel and create tooth decay. In order to remove tooth decay, your Brownsburg dentist can use a variety of fillings or cover it with a crown. However, the best method of treating tooth decay is by preventing it from ever happening in the first place. While brushing and flossing is always the first line of defense, we’re glad to provide you with several other efficient methods for preventing tooth decay. These include visiting us for oral exams, dieting properly, getting sealants, and applying fluoride.

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Regular Dental Visits

If you’re going to maintain a healthy smile, it’s important that you visit your dentist every six months for a regular check-up. At these dental exams, your dentist will examine your mouth for   tooth decay and other dental diseases in addition to providing you with a professional cleaning in order to boost your oral hygiene and health.

 

Diet Control

Keeping the teeth, bones, and soft tissues of your mouth healthy requires a balanced diet. Eating a variety of foods from the five food groups will help minimize cavities and avoid other dental problems as well. Healthy foods such as vegetables, cheeses, and low-fat yogurts will help promote healthy teeth. On the other hand, foods that are full of starch or sugar, like cookies, candy, cake, chips, and crackers, should be limited because of their propensity to cause cavities.

 

Sealants

The most common place for a person to develop a cavity is in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The reason for this is because these chewing surfaces have tiny grooves in them that make them hard to clean and easy for food to get trapped inside. Dental sealants are very beneficial because they’re a resin material that seals these grooves and smooths them out so that food can’t get trapped. They can be applied to the molars, premolars, and any other area that’s prone to cavities. Sealants will last for several years, though they’ll need to be checked during regular appointments.

 

Fluoride

Fluoride is a substance that strengthens teeth and makes them more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride can be found in most of the toothpastes we use in addition to our drinking water. However, sometimes this isn’t enough to reach the recommended level of fluoride we need to keep our teeth healthy. By visiting your Brownsburg, IN dentist, we can determine if you’re getting an appropriate amount of fluoride in your teeth. If you’re not, we can suggest some fluoride supplements, including toothpastes, mouthwashes, and even dental floss.

 

Contact Your Speedway and West Indianapolis Dentist Today!

If you’d like to learn more about our dental or teeth exams, please feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request page or give us a call at (317) 852-9787. We look forward to helping you attain a healthier smile!