Upper East Side Tooth Decay | Lenox Hill Cosmetic Dentist
Tooth decay is a preventable oral disease that can have serious consequences on your dental health. Tooth decay happens when acid in the body dissolves the tooth enamel. Acid is produced by bacteria from carbohydrates and sugar. When there is a lot of acid, the tooth enamel is dissolved and can lead to the loss of the tooth.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent tooth decay and the loss of teeth is through flossing and brushing after every meal. Daily plaque removal ensures there are minimal bacteria to create acid in the mouth. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste is also an important part of good oral hygiene because fluoride works to remineralize teeth and can help prevent tooth decay.
Another thing you can do to prevent tooth decay is through minimizing the amount of snacks you eat. The more meals you eat during the day, the more acid is produced in your mouth, especially if the foods you eat are sugary. Eating snacks like popcorn, fruit, nuts and vegetables are great choices to substitute for sugary snacks. If you do eat sugary snacks, make sure to brush and floss afterwards. If sugar remains in the mouth for a long period of time, acid will start eating at the tooth enamel.
For children and teenagers, a sealant is often a good option to protect the teeth. A sealant is plastic coating that goes on the teeth, usually on the back teeth and in small pits in the teeth.
Visiting our Lenox Hill cosmetic dentist office regularly is a great way to care for your mouth and help prevent tooth decay. Joseph C. Lattinelli and Associates care about your oral health. Schedule your appointment today at our Manhattan office by calling 212-752-7188 or by filling out our convenient online appointment request form. We look forward to having you as a patient.