Dental decay is the result of the erosion of your enamel from the effects of dental plaque and tartar. Eventually, there is enough decay to form a cavity that exposes your tooth to harm. This can be as simple as a toothache or as complex as an infection or irreparable damage that leads to the loss of the tooth. Our Greenville dentist, James C. Blankenhorn DMD, is dedicated to preventing dental decay and the cavities that inevitably follow it.
The filmy bacterial substance called dental plaque grows on your teeth and at the gum line. That feeling you get when you wake up that is like a coating on your teeth, along with the notorious morning breath are caused by the development of plaque as you sleep. Of course, you brush it away, and again at bedtime. Thoroughly flossing at night is also key, since it is designed to remove food particles and loosen plaque between your teeth. It is your food and drink choices that act as catalysts for plaque. Sugar and starch are like fuel for it. Some plaque can stubbornly evade your oral hygiene, subsequently turning into hardened tartar. In order to effectively remove that buildup, you need to come in and see our Greenville dentist. In addition to your oral examination, you will have a teeth cleaning, the purposes of which are to eradicate tartar buildup and residual plaque, as well as to reverse any signs of early stage gum disease, or gingivitis. Existing cavities are detected with the help of periodic x-rays, so that they can be filled promptly. The larger a cavity gets, the greater the chances are of you having problems that require root canal therapy or a tooth extraction.
Contact our office now and let us schedule you to come in and see our Greenville dentist for a full checkup and teeth cleaning.