The progression from eating sugar and starch to the appearance of a toothache has various points at where taking action leads to positive results. Dental decay and the cavities that result from it should be rare occurrences. At the dental practice of Michael Lazarus, D.M.D. and Monika Vermani, D.M.D. AEGD, we do everything possible to put the brakes on dental decay, but you need to do your part, which means a strong routine of oral hygiene at home, and visits to our Stamford dentist two times per year for a checkup and cleaning.
Dental plaque is what causes dental decay. And since dietary sugars and starches are responsible for its development, you can do a great deal for yourself by keeping a close watch on how much of them you consume through foods and drinks. Obvious sources of sugar such as soda, candy, and cake should be avoided when possible, along with pasta, rice, potatoes, and bread. Don’t worry, though. We’re not suggesting that you give up all your favorites. Fortunately, frequent teeth brushing will remove the vast majority if not all of the dental plaque that you have. It is best do brush first thing each morning, last thing each night, and after meals. Floss vigorously at bedtime, as well. When you take the above measures, you are more likely to find out that dental decay did not cause you any cavities at all when you come in to see our Stamford dentist. No one can guarantee a complete absences of cavities, of course, but it’s important to put the odds in your favor. And with a teeth cleaning, you can be sure that tartar buildup, which also causes dental decay, will be eradicated, keeping the chances of new cavities to a minimum.
Dental decay and cavities put you at risk for pain and tooth loss. This is the ideal time to contact our office to book your next session with our Stamford dentist for preventive and proactive care.