Tooth decay is one of the most common health problems in the world. And for most people, it is entirely preventable. If you eat a diet containing a large amount of acids and sugar, you are putting your smile at risk for tooth decay. Acids attack the enamel that covers the surface of your tooth, and the sugars in your diet, including those produced by carbohydrates, will react with the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth to create even more acid. As the enamel wears away, tooth decay sets in, which will result in a cavity. That cavity can contribute to bad breath and can be painful and unsightly. If the tooth becomes infected, you may need a root canal or even an extraction to remedy the situation. While we can see you to repair a cavity, the smartest thing you can do for your smile is to take preventive measures.
You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and at least once a day, preferably before going to bed. Talk with our dentist if you have questions about what type of toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash is right for you. You should also eat a balanced diet with low or no sugar. And drinking water is not only healthy for your body but it is better for your smile than soft, sports or energy drinks or even juice. You should also visit our office for your regular checkups to give us the chance to thoroughly clean your smile and look for any potential problems.
If you suspect that you are dealing with tooth decay in San Diego, California, contact the team at M&M Dental Care at 619-582-5380. Dr. Maricela Murillo can see you for an examination and consultation to discuss your treatment options.