You’ll know, and your dentist certainly will, when you have tooth decay. It is a real problem that can lead to serious complications if not attended to. That’s why, with early detection, at the office of Mark Helms, DDS and Dalton Carruthers Hunt, DMD our knowledgeable staff can offer you ways to prevent or stop tooth decay. We use state-of-the-art technology and ways to keep your teeth cavity-free right from the start, and to identify tooth decay early, when it is easiest to treat.
Cavities are small holes that form in the teeth produced by the bacteria found in plaque. This sticky film is where harmful bacteria that feed on sugar tend to reside. The acids produced by the bacteria wear away at the hard outer surface of your tooth. In order to prevent cavities from forming, plaque must be removed before it builds up to cause damage to the teeth.
It can’t be stressed enough that daily brushing and flossing are ways to maintain a clean mouth, free of plaque. But plaque can also be present in areas that only a dental healthcare professional can reach. A tooth cleaning by a professional, who administers a complete oral hygiene routine, is important for preserving a cavity-free smile. Children are especially prone to developing cavities due to their eating habits, and protecting their teeth with dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and checkups prevent the onset of tooth decay.
We will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums and their supporting bone structure. In treating a cavity, we make use of the most cosmetically pleasing and durable tooth-colored fillings made of the highest quality composite resin materials. These fillings look natural and blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth for a smile you can be proud of.
At the office of Mark Helms, DDS and Dalton Carruthers Hunt, DMD, we are committed to helping you and every member of your family enjoy problem-free mouth problems and a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. Count on us to provide the highest quality care for all of your dental needs. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.
By Mark Helms, DDS
May 1, 2021