Albee Dental Care
90-12 161st Street, Jamaica, NY 11432 (718-658-0123
90-12 161st Street
Jamaica, NY 11432


Tooth Decay & How To Prevent It

Did you know that dental decay is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting both children and adults, second only to the common cold? In fact, according to the World Health Organization 60-90% of children worldwide, and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. While tooth decay is a worldwide epidemic, it is a condition that is largely preventable.

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As a matter of fact dental caries, which is the medical term for decay or cavities, develop because of an infectious process that causes progressive damage to tooth structure. The culprit behind all of this is dental plaque, a sticky film that accumulates on your teeth and harbors harmful bacteria that thrive on the sugars in your diet. As these bacteria metabolize the sugars, they produce acids, which over time can de-mineralize or eat away at healthy tooth structure. Beginning as a simple pinpoint defect on the outermost enamel layer of your tooth, untreated dental decay will continue to compromise healthy tooth structure as it works its way to the inner layers of the tooth. Depending on the extent of the cavity present in your tooth, you can experience anything from a little periodic tooth sensitivity to extreme and continuous discomfort. Without proper care a cavity can lead to significant damage to tooth structure, irreversible damage to the nerve of the tooth, a dental infection, tooth loss, and even more serious consequences to your overall health and well being.

The following factors can contribute to your risk of developing tooth decay:

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Of course, establishing an excellent oral hygiene regimen at home and seeing your dentist for routine care is the best way to prevent cavities. Your dentist can instruct you in the best methods of brushing and flossing, and advise you as to which foods promote dental health. Foods or habits that may be harmful to your dental health will also be discussed. As part of your preventive care program your dentist will perform a thorough professional dental cleaning to remove any accumulated dental plaque and particles that your toothbrush has not reached. For some patients special toothpastes and rinses and other supplemental measures may provide an added level of protection against dental decay. In children, periodic fluoride treatments and the application of dental sealants can effectively reduce their risk of cavities.

Even if a cavity is present, your tooth can be gently and precisely treated and restored to full function. Your dentist will inform you of all your options in care. With advances in dental technology and restorative materials, your dentist can help you to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime.