What Is Tooth Decay and How Do You Prevent It?

A person is considered to have tooth decay when there is destruction of the tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. Unlike some conditions that may be linked to genetics, decay is caused by an irregular balance of disease causing and health promoting activities. If you are concerned about tooth decay, contact our Richmond Hill general dentistry practice at (912) 355-0605 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive exam and cleaning.

When the mouth has too much acid producing bacteria, it promotes tooth decay which can also lead to cavities and gum disease. Teeth are constantly forming plaque, so when you consume something containing sugar the plaque produces acids which then attack the tooth enamel. The following tips can help in the prevention of tooth decay:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Use a flouride toothpaste
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit snacking
  • Limit the consumption of acidic foods and beverages
  • Chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production
  • Don’t skip your regular exams and cleanings with the dentist

If you have been following the recommended suggestions and still struggle with tooth decay, you can speak with Dr. Roher about the use of supplemental fluoride or dental sealants to help better protect your teeth from decay.

To schedule an appointment with our Richmond Hill general dentistry practice, call Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. We serve patients living throughout the areas of Savannah, Garden City, and Richmond Hill, Georgia.