Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can do more than just discolor your teeth. Left untreated, it can become quite painful. It’s bacteria in your mouth that create the acids that attack your tooth enamel, resulting in holes called cavities. Those holes, left unattended, can eventually penetrate your tooth’s pulp and nerve endings. Our dental team in Woodbridge, VA, can help stop tooth decay before it leads to severe pains and dangers.

Tooth Decay Q &A

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What's the best way to prevent tooth decay?

You have two great options for preventing tooth decay. The first is maintaining an aggressive dental hygiene regimen that includes daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing. The second is attending regular dental appointments for checkups and cleanings. Working together, these two actions are your first line of defense against decay.

There are other things you can do to help reduce your risk of incurring tooth decay, including limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks, staying properly hydrated, and using toothpastes that contain fluoride, a mineral that helps promote strong, healthy teeth.

Is it possible to fix a decayed tooth? Or is extraction the only option?

Extracting a decayed tooth is rarely the only option. Depending on how far the decay has progressed, Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates may be able to bond or fill the affected tooth.

Bonding is a simple procedure that links a tooth-colored resin to imperfections in your tooth. Small cavities, for example, may be fixable by bonding. If our dental team  elects to fill your cavity instead, they’ll drill out the decayed area, clean it well, then fill the hole left behind with a composite resin. That prevents toothaches and the further deterioration of the tooth.

Can tooth decay make me physically ill?

While exceedingly rare, some people have actually died from complications of tooth decay. When left untreated, decay can allow an infection to enter your mouth and travel to other parts of your body, including your bloodstream and brain.

Even when it doesn’t turn deadly, tooth decay can cause several other issues that include painful abscesses, appalling breath, fever, and even vomiting if an abscess ruptures and spews foul liquid into your mouth. If you suspect the presence of cavities, contact Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates to learn more about the many options available for treatment.

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