Tooth Decay and Oral Health

Tooth Decay and Oral Health

Many serious dental problems begin with the relatively minor problem of tooth decay.

When caught in its early stages, tooth decay is easy to treat with a dental filling. Dr. Jay R. Heim of Heim Dental and our team offer regular dental exams to help find tooth decay and prevent more serious dental conditions from developing.

Tooth decay is a fairly common problem. It is caused by plaque bacteria and tartar, which create acids in your mouth that eventually eat away the enamel tissue surrounding your teeth. In the beginning stages of tooth decay, you may not notice any symptoms. However, as the decay worsens, symptoms will become more noticeable and may include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets
  • Gray or brown spots appearing on the teeth
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Toothache
  • A recurring bitter taste in your mouth

If tooth decay goes untreated it can cause large dental cavities, gum disease, or dental infections. Fortunately, it is easy to prevent tooth decay. Practicing good oral hygiene is the first line of defense in keeping your gums and teeth as healthy as possible. Brush and floss your teeth regularly and decrease the amount of sugary and starchy foods you eat in order to reduce your chances of developing tooth decay.

Even if you do not show any noticeable problems with your teeth, it is still important to have regular dental exams and cleanings. Doing so will allow our dentist to check for early signs of decay and to provide the treatments that can prevent more serious problems.

We invite you to contact our office today (303) 791-3570 to schedule your appointment with our friendly dentist.

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