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Tooth Decay Prevention

Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity. Dentists remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings, restoring the tooth to a healthy state. Nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown (a crown is like a large filling that can cap a tooth, making it stronger or covering it).

Tooth Decay Prevention - North Benton Dental Care

Good Dental Hygiene

Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental checkups, diet control and fluoride treatment. Practicing good hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly treatment.

 

Sealants

The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.

Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Drinking water treated with fluoride, brushing and flossing regularly can significantly reduce cavities. Dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in a primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.

 

Outgrow Thumb Sucking

Here are some ways to help your child outgrow thumb sucking:

  • Focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety—thumb sucking is a comfort device that helps children cope with stress or discomfort.
  • Praise them when they refrain from the habit during difficult periods.
  • Place a bandage on the thumb or a sock on their hand at night.
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What Our Patients Say About Us

Katelyn RalphKatelyn Ralph
00:09 09 Nov 23
Just had my cleaning and I can say they truly are the best! They are so informative and listen to my concerns and questions about my teeth!
Sara GullicksonSara Gullickson
00:28 08 Nov 23
I’ve always had good experiences with the staff here. Today was my first visit with Chelsey as my hygienist and she was so delightful! So friendly and informative! I love that they show you pictures and explain what they’re seeing going on with your teeth so you know the best course of action when it comes to preventative.
Ken NicholsKen Nichols
01:28 07 Nov 23
I have been going to them ever since I moved to the area, over 20 years ago, and I have received polite, respectful, and complete service ever time I have stopped in. They are top-notch!
Wendy ArnoldWendy Arnold
21:14 27 Oct 23
Went in for my routine cleaning this week and my hygienist Brittney did a great job and it’s always nice to chit chat with Dr Russell. He’s personable and a great dentist! Would highly recommend this office.
The whole crew from reception to dental assistants and the dentist are so friendly!
Brandon KohlBrandon Kohl
20:17 03 Oct 23
I hadn't been to the dentist for many years because I did not have insurance coverage so I was dreading it. My hygienist Chelsey did a great job scaling my teeth and I was comfortable the entire time. All of the staff is friendly and welcoming and the dentists are very helpful and informative. Would highly recommend!
Maria MalloryMaria Mallory
14:10 28 Sep 23
I recently had a very old crown pop off. I was able to get in right away and have it fixed. Staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. No wasted time and I’m on my way. I have been going here for my dental needs for over 10 years and always have a great experience! Highly recommend
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