Tooth decay is an incredibly common condition. The commonality of it can sometimes lull people into thinking it is not an important or serious issue. However, tooth decay can cause severe problems for your smile and your overall health when left untreated. Preventing tooth decay is often as easy as practicing good oral hygiene every day and visiting your dentist for routine exams and cleanings. For people at a higher risk of decay, the routine dental visits become even more important as hygiene may not be enough to prevent decay from developing. If you live in or near Lafayette, LA, our team can help you keep your smile healthy.
It Can Be Addressed
The early stages of tooth decay are rarely noticeable to anyone who is not a dental professional. There is often no pain. There are often no visual cues to an untrained eye. Visiting the dentist for an exam and a cleaning at least twice a year gives your dentist a chance to identify the early signs with time to reverse it. Even a cavity in the very early stages may not be noticeable to you, but it will be to your dentist. If a cavity is caught early enough, a filling can be enough to treat it and restore the tooth. This stops the tooth decay from spreading inside the tooth.
It Can Be Harmful
If a cavity is allowed to progress, it can provide bacteria access to the sensitive inner areas of your tooth. At this stage, there can be pain associated with the inflammation and infection. To stop the decay at this juncture, a root canal treatment may be required. Without it the tooth can become so infected that an extraction becomes necessary.
You Can Prevent It
Vigilant oral hygiene along with mindful nutrition and routine dental care are the most important ways to keep your mouth clear of decay-causing bacteria.
Tooth decay is a common problem
Remember that preventing and/or addressing tooth decay can save your smile. To schedule a consultation, call the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities