Dental Health 101
Preventive care is a high priority at Avenue Dental Care and we encourage all patients to maintain a consistent brushing and flossing regimen.
Brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste up to four times a day helps to prevent the accumulation of plaque and food particles on your teeth and inside the gum line.
Flossing the areas between the teeth will help to remove food particles and plaque that the toothbrush cannot reach. We can show you the correct brushing and flossing techniques during your next dental visit.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is a progressive disease that occurs when bacteria and sugar interact on the surface of the tooth. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria and this process eventually breaks down the mineral in the teeth to form a cavity. Our dentists can remove the decay and fill the tooth to restore the tooth to a healthier state. Severe decay can result in nerve damage and then a crown. Sticking to a strict dental hygiene regimen by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding high-sugar foods, and getting regular dental checkups, can help to prevent tooth decay and many dental health problems.
How Sealants Work
The small grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can be impossible to keep clean of bacteria and food. When the bacteria reacts with the food and creates acids that breaks down tooth enamel, you start to get cavities. Studies show that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused by this very process. Tooth sealants help to protect susceptible areas of the tooth and can be applied to the resin of the back teeth, molars, premolars, and other areas that are prone to cavities. Sealants are designed to last several years and can be a valuable addition to any preventive dental care program.
Reduce the Risk of Cavities with Fluoride
Many patients wonder why we recommend a fluoride toothpaste when brushing. Fluoride is a substance that helps the teeth stay strong and more resistant to decay. Drinking water treated with fluoride and brushing teeth with a fluoride toothpaste regularly can reduce your risk of developing cavities. We can recommend fluoride supplements in the form of tablets or drops if necessary.
Effects of Thumb Sucking on Oral Health
Many babies and toddlers turn to thumb sucking to comfort themselves but this behavior can cause misalignment of the teeth and improver growth of the mouth. If your child sucks their thumb regularly, talk to one of the dentists at Avenue Dental Care for tips on stopping the behavior.