Many people believe it’s the sugar they consume that causes tooth decay. It’s true that sugar is bad for your teeth, but it’s only part of the problem.
As you go through your day, a sticky film called plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque attracts bacteria, which feed on the sugar in your mouth and produce acid as a byproduct. If you don’t interrupt the process by brushing, rinsing your mouth, or chewing sugarless gum, the acid eats away at your dental enamel, and you get a cavity.
Tooth decay needs to be treated as soon as possible, which is why we strongly emphasize the importance of routine dental exams and cleanings. Finding decay in its earliest stages allows us to treat it while it is still small and before it causes you discomfort.
If decay isn’t treated, it will continue to eat away at your tooth and result in an infection, severe pain, and even tooth loss.
At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we do everything we can to support your oral health with preventive services to stay a step ahead of problems. We also offer esthetic restorative treatments if something goes wrong.
If you would like to protect yourself against decay or worry that you may already have a cavity, please call us to arrange a convenient appointment with one of our dentists.