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Treating Decay When The Tooth Doesn’t Hurt

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You may not always know when you have a cavity. Sometimes decay is very small and causes obvious signs of sensitivity when you eat or drink certain foods. Other times decay may be very large before there are symptoms that show something could be wrong. For instance, abscesses on the gums near the root of the tooth are a signal that the nerve of the tooth has been infected with tooth decay.

Dentists want to treat decay in its earliest forms. This preserves natural and healthy tooth enamel so that your teeth can experience a longer life span. Removing a small area of decay and treating it with a tooth colored filling can prevent pain later on, dental emergencies, and expensive treatment costs. Unfortunately delaying treatment will only allow the decay to worsen and develop deeper into the tooth.

A tooth that once only needed a small filling can quickly become so infected that the only possible restoration is root canal therapy with a permanent crown. It’s also worth mentioning that decay can spread throughout your mouth, from one tooth to another. Only having one cavity can turn into two cavities before your next dental visit. The quicker you have the disease treated, the greater success at maintaining a healthy smile years down the road.

Routine x-rays are an effective way for your dentist to screen for new areas of decay. Clinical examinations allow the chewing surfaces to be examined, but x-rays will show the tight contacts between teeth that often harbor small areas of decay. They also show decay that forms below the chewing surface. If your dentist finds a cavity, it’s highly recommended that you have it treated long before any severe pain makes itself evident.

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.



What is Xylitol?

Posted in Fillings

Xylitol is a sugar that is now frequently used in sprays and chewing gums. What makes Xylitol unique is the carbon makeup of its molecules act differently on your tooth enamel than other types of sugars. Where traditional sugars and sweeteners bond to the tooth and feed the plaque in your mouth, increasing tooth decay, Xylitol actually repels plaque. In fact, it even causes plaque particles to break apart and prevents them from depositing on the tooth’s surface. Because of this, plaque levels are lower, acid is not produced or deposited on the teeth, and your oral health can be greatly improved.

It is recommended that to experience the most effects from Xylitol that you should try to have at least 5 exposures each day. Many chewing gums at the supermarket now use Xylitol as the key sweetener, so it can be easy to have a piece after meals or to freshen your breath during the afternoon. Some people also use Xylitol sprays available from health food stores to treat various maladies such as ear infections or sinus problems. One study conducted by dental school students showed that chewing gum with Xylitol was almost as effective as brushing your teeth when it came to controlling plaque levels after about a week.

If you struggle with tooth decay, high levels of plaque, or have been looking for a chewing gum that is actually healthy for your teeth, then pick some up that contains Xylitol. It is typically printed on the very front of the package and is easy to find in most major brands. Adults and children alike can all benefit from its effectiveness.

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.


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