What To Know About Tooth Decay & Cavities

What Is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is a widespread dental concern among patients of all ages. Tooth decay is the result of a build-up of plaque and can often be prevented through good oral hygiene and regular preventive dental care.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Sugar and starch activate the plaque, creating a chemical reaction that breaks down the tooth enamel. As tooth enamel erodes, it compromises the integrity of the tooth structure, leaving the tooth susceptible to damage and infection. Villanova Dental Studio provides comprehensive state of the art preventative and general dentistry to help patients of all ages maintain their oral health and repair tooth decay.

What Are Potential Treatments For Tooth Decay?

Treatment for tooth decay will be determined by how advanced the decay is. Early diagnosis is recommended to avoid the need for tooth extractions and to maintain as much of the natural smile as possible. Our dentists offer a range of treatments for repairing decay and restoring oral health.

Here Are Some Tips To Help Prevent Tooth Decay

  • Brushing and Flossing
    Daily oral hygiene is essential for maintaining the health of your natural smile. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is the best way to prevent the development of advanced oral health concerns.
  • Avoid Sugar
    A diet low in sugar and high in fruits and vegetables can help keep your teeth healthy. Sugary foods, and especially beverages with high sugar content, are the leading culprits in causing cavities.
  • Chew Sugar-Free Gum
    Chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva flow. Saliva helps to clean out plaque and food debris from between teeth.
  • Biannual Dental Checkups
    Visiting the dentist every six months is one of the best things you can do for your oral and overall well-being. Our Villanova dental care team will provide you with a thorough oral screening and check for cavities, cancer, and gum disease. Early diagnosis is essential for conservative treatment.

Can Tooth Decay Happen With Children?

Tooth decay is a growing health concern in children. It is important to bring your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth begins to emerge. Early oral health exams can help children protect their natural smiles. Early life visits to the dentist can help set your child up for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

If you are experiencing tooth decay or already have a cavity, Dr. Ami Barakat can help you restore your beautiful, white smile with a range of treatment options. Contact our Ottawa, ON dentist office or schedule a consultation online.