Did you know that for the first time in 40 years, the number of toddlers with extensive tooth decay is rising? Some dentists immediately suggest surgery and anesthesia because of the amount of decay and time it takes to restore the child’s smile. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans have untreated cavities?
If you are alarmed by these numbers, so are we. Tooth decay is a rising problem in today’s world for patients of all ages. Brushing and flossing can help prevent decay, but sometimes our oral health needs an extra boost to really destroy bacteria and prevent cavities. If you are in need of this extra boost, we have just the thing you need: fluoride treatments. At Clifford C Compton’s dental practice, in South Concord, NC, we offer fluoride treatments to prevent tooth decay.
While fluoride is effective in decreasing the chance of developing cavities and is safe for all ages, we still think it is important to know that there are several different types of cavities that exist. Knowing the difference between these types of decay can help you avoid them. That’s why we’ve included a list of the three main types of decay in this blog article.
Three Types of Tooth Decay
- Root Decay: This type of cavity forms at the root of the tooth. Usually the root is protected from bacteria by the gums. However, as we age our gums slowly recede and expose the root to bacteria. This can lead to root decay. Root decay is hard to treat and can quickly turn into an infection because the decay spreads quickly to the inside of the tooth. Because receding gums occur primarily in older patients, these patients are prone to root decay.
- Pit and Fissure Decay: This type of decay forms on the back molars. Because the molars have many grooves and ridges, food is easily trapped and creates decay here. Children are the most likely to develop this form of cavity because they are inexperienced at proper brushing and they may not be able to clean these hard-to-reach areas.
- Smooth Surface Decay: This cavity forms on flat areas of the tooth. This type of decay is harder to develop because it is so easily prevented by brushing and flossing alone. Smooth surface decay is also easily treated by dentists.
The good news for patients with all kinds of cavities is that fluoride can help prevent any and all types of tooth decay!
Fluoride Treatments in Concord, NC
Fluoride treatments are high levels of fluoride that is applied directly to the tooth for a short amount of time. They can come in the form of rinses, gels or varnishes.
This procedure is a great way to protect you and your children’s teeth from decay because it is painless and quick. For optimal effects, repeat this procedure either every 3, 6 or 12 months.
For more information on how fluoride treatments can protect your teeth, visit us at Clifford C. Compton’s practice or call us to schedule your appointment today at (704) 786-8825!
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