Detecting cavities is no small task. Dentists learn how to detect cavities as part of their dental training to be able to help patients during regular cleanings. Over the years, advancements have been made in technology used in dental care for cavity detection. Laser cavity detection is a new method used to find cavities in teeth. This process is utilized by Gentling Dental Care in Rochester, MN, and can accurately find cavities that many other dentists may miss.
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Dental cavities are considered by many to be a fact of life. Sure, you can brush and floss and cut down on sugar, but they are unavoidable. This type of thinking certainly will lead to cavities, but it is also not true. Cavities can be prevented. It’s up to everyone, parents and children, to do their part to prevent cavities. Gentling Dental Care can provide advice to patients, but it is up to them to follow it. It’s not difficult either. Every resident of Rochester, MN can do it.
Dental cavities are essentially decayed teeth. It’s a type of oral disease that affects almost everyone over the course of their lifetimes. Plaque builds up on teeth due to the bacteria naturally found in our mouths. When this plaque is combined with certain foods, such as sugar and starches, it creates acid. This acid is very corrosive, and over time it can eat through the enamel of teeth. If left untreated, the acid will eventually rot the tooth.
Sweet, sugary foods have both starches and sugars in high concentration. Their consumption should be limited. Fruits and vegetables should be substituted for candy and soda, however, some fruits, and even vegetable juices, can contribute to tooth decay. There is no substitute for proper dental care. Frequent brushing and flossing is the best line of defense against the development of cavities. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every few months. Fluoride is an effective weapon as well. Fluoride is added to the water supplies of most towns and cities in the U.S., as well as toothpastes and mouthwashes.
For more advice on how to prevent dental cavities, or to schedule a checkup in Rochester, MN, call Gentling Dental Care today. Periodic teeth cleaning is another great way to prevent cavities from forming. For most patients, this can be done in a single visit. Make sure to schedule a cleaning for every six months.