There are no better words to hear at the conclusion of your dental exam than to hear, “You have no cavities.” At Zysik Dental, we are committed to making that a frequent occurrence by preventing the dental decay that leads to cavities in the first place.
Okay, so dental decay causes cavities, but what causes the decay? The answer is an invisible, sticky film called dental plaque. Sugar and starch feed the growth of it, and it’s therefore why our Massena dentist is focused on the regular removal of it. The first step is to limit your intake of sugar in foods and drinks, along with starchy items such as potatoes, rice, and pasta. Brush your teeth at least twice per day: when you wake up, and then again when you are preparing to go to sleep. If possible, brush after meals, too. Flossing is a once per day routine, preferably at bedtime. Do so thoroughly, to get out any food particle remnants that could spur more development of plaque. That’s a strong strategy in itself, but there’s a complication. It’s not always possible to remove 100% of the plaque with your at-home oral hygiene. Any that remains will turn into hardened tartar, which can only be eliminated with a teeth cleaning. When you see our Massena dentist for your six month dental exam, a cleaning is a crucial component of your visit. By eradicating tartar buildup, there is less chance of continued dental decay and new cavities. If you have any existing cavities, a two times per year schedule at our office ensures that they will be filled before they grow large enough to lead to consequences like a toothache or infection.
Schedule your next appointment to see our Massena dentist. Contact our office now to arrange a convenient time.