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Dental Cavities & Dental Fillings in Rochester, MN

Gentling Dental Care specializes in dental fillings, tooth decay, and dental cavities in Rochester MN

What causes dental cavities and tooth decay?

Tooth decay, known as dental cavities, is an oral disease affecting many people. Natural bacteria live in your mouth and form a sticky substance called plaque. This plaque combines with the sugary and starchy foods you eat and produces acids. These acids damage tooth enamel over time by dissolving, or removing the minerals from the enamel, which weakens the teeth and leads to tooth decay. Tooth decay is not life threatening and is highly preventable.

What types of foods may contribute to creating dental cavities?
Foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars), such as soda pop, candy, ice cream, milk, and cake contribute to tooth decay. Even some fruits, vegetables and juices, may help to create cavities.

Can dental cavities be prevented?
The acids formed by plaque can be neutralized by the saliva in your mouth. Your saliva acts as a buffer and re-mineralizing agent to help your teeth. Dentists will often recommend chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow. But, the best way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss regularly. Fluoride, a natural substance that also helps to re-mineralize the tooth structure, makes the tooth more resistant to the acids and helps to correct damage produced by the plaque bacteria. Fluoride is often added to toothpaste and water sources to help fight cavities. Your Rochester MN dentist may recommend using special high concentration fluoride gels, mouth rinses or fluoride supplements. In addition, tooth sealants may be recommended.

Who is at risk for dental cavities?
We all carry bacteria in our mouths, which makes everyone at risk for cavities. Those with a diet high in carbohydrates and sugary foods and those who live in cities without fluoridated water are likely candidates for cavities. Individuals with a dry mouth, or xerostomia, are at a high risk for tooth decay. Xerostomia can be caused by multiple medications, poor health and many other reasons. In general, children and senior citizens are the two groups at the highest risk for dental cavities. If you think you may have a cavity, contact your dentist in Rochester MN right away.

What can I do to help protect my teeth and prevent dental cavities?

What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are white and virtually undetectable, unlike silver / amalgam fillings. Tooth colored fillings come in a variety of shades and are matched to your individual tooth color.

What are the benefits of Tooth-Colored fillings over silver / amalgam fillings?

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