By Dr. Ferrara
February 27, 2014
Category: Prevention
Tags: Bacteria   Healthy habits   Flossing   Brushing   Decay   Cavities  

Some people think tooth decay is just for children, but in fact you are at risk your whole life. Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems such as infection, damage to your jaw bone, and tooth loss. Dental infections that are left untreated can even spread to other parts of the body and, in very rare cases, can be life threatening.

Two main factors contributing to tooth decay are the bacteria which cause decay and the food remnants on our teeth that the bacteria can use as fuel. Once decay begins, it is not preventable. Making sure your mouth is clean and free of decay is important in keeping your mouth healthy.

The good news is that most dental disease is preventable. Practicing preventive dentistry can be done by establishing these healthy habits:

  • Always remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss between your teeth at least once a day.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • And don't forget to schedule regular dental visits! 

By following a healthy dental routine and making smart food choices, you can lower your risk for tooth decay. Read more at ADA.org.

If you suspect you may have problems with tooth decay, don't wait! Call me as soon as possible to discuss options. 

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