If you have never had a cavity, congratulations! The fact is that most of us have or will have a tooth filled at some point in our lives. Statistics from the American Dental Association indicate that over 90 percent of us over age 20 have had at least one.
At The Whole Tooth, we offer tooth-colored dental fillings for our patients in Dunwoody who develop a cavity. Also called dental composites, this type of filling closely resembles the translucent appearance of tooth enamel.
When our dentist custom-shades the material to match your smile and places it in your tooth, the result is a virtually invisible repair.
Why Do I Get Cavities when I Brush My Teeth?
We know our patients do a great job of being proactive with their oral health. Sometimes we meet someone at our Dunwoody dental office who is shocked to learn they have a cavity. “But, doc,” they say, “I brush my teeth three times a day – how can I have a cavity?”
In adults, cavities commonly develop between teeth. It’s easy to clean plaque buildup from tooth surfaces with brushing. But when bacteria from food particles isn’t removed from these tight spaces with routine flossing, a cavity develops.
We use tooth-colored composite fillings because they look realistic and allow us to keep more of your healthy tooth structure intact when making a repair. First, we remove the decay, clean and dry the tooth, and apply an etching liquid to its surfaces.
Because we bond the composite material directly to the tooth’s surface, the result is a conservative repair that no one—not even you—will be able to detect.
How Can I Help My Family Avoid Cavities?
The first step for everyone is to be diligent about oral hygiene. This means brushing twice a day and flossing once to remove daily plaque buildup.
Stay current with teeth cleanings at our Dunwoody dental office so our hygienist can remove plaque buildup from areas your brush can’t reach. We also remove hardened plaque called tartar using specialized tools designed specifically for the job.
Schedule these appointments every six months along with your routine dental exam. If you have a history of cavities or gum disease, we may recommend more frequent cleanings to keep your smile healthy.
Your diet also plays a part in whether or not your family develops cavities. Cut out sugary snacks for you and your kids and replace them with healthy fruits and veggies. Sodas like colas are the worst because you get a big wallop of sugar AND acid, the main players in developing cavities.
Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning in Dunwoody, GA
Wherever you are right now with your oral health, we can help you. If your teeth and gums are healthy, our dental team will help you keep them that way. If some time has passed since your last appointment and a few issues have crept up, we’ll get you back on the path to better oral health.
Please call us to schedule your next teeth cleaning and exam at The Whole Tooth!