By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
August 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   cavity  

Find out why dental decay can often go undetected until it’s too late.

When people come in to visit their Midtown Atlanta dentist Dr. Travon Holt for a routine checkup some are surprised to hear that they tooth decayneed to have a dental filling. This can be completely baffling, particularly if your smile feels great. Of course, if you aren’t experiencing pain this doesn’t mean that you can just ignore treatment.

Most of the time, if there is dental pain it’s because the decay has already progressed far enough inside the tooth that it is damaging the nerves and tissue. When this happens, our Midtown Atlanta general dentist will need to treat the extensive decay with a root canal.

But let’s focus on cavities. If you don’t have pain this doesn’t mean that a cavity isn’t present, it just means that the decay hasn’t become serious enough to affect the inner workings of the tooth. This is why those routine visits are important because it’s usually only then that we can determine whether you have a cavity or not.

So, what can you do to prevent cavities? Besides making sure that you come in twice a year for exams and cleanings, there are certain things you can do to prevent decay from taking over your smile including:

  • Make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly. This means brushing at least twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time, and flossing once a day.
  • Opt for fluoridated toothpaste, which can protect and strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Follow a smile-healthy diet that avoids sugar and instead incorporates more lean proteins, whole grains, veggies, fruits and low-fat dairy into the mix.
  • Stay away from sodas and energy drinks, which are chock full of added sugars.

Unfortunately, most people don’t see us until it’s too late and they are in pain. Don’t let this happen to you! Call Midtown Dental Studio in Atlanta to schedule your next six-month visit and get the compassionate dental care you can trust.