Another reason we focus our blog on preventative medicine is because we want you to be educated on how to prevent problems. When you have an issue, it is already too late to be reading up on it, and your best bet is to make an appointment and come see us. On the other hand, just like in our office, much of our focus is on preventing an issue from arising in the first place. If we can give you enough information to help you make informed choices on your dental care, you may not have as many incidents that require corrective measures, and we will have accomplished what we set out to do – keep you healthy.
As a dentist, we know that the routine visit is the best kind of visit. Luckily for you, most of the time you come in to see us it will be for a routine issue. Now there are times when we will see something unique, but most of the time folks are coming in with toothaches, cavities, a need for braces, or a regular cleaning visit. Contrary to a lot of the alarmist posts on the internet, every toothache is not a cause for massive panic. This is a good thing considering that they are the second most common reason people lose productivity from school and work. The common cold is the first but with so many people having a toothache, we know that it is typically caused by something simple like a cavity that hasn’t been detected or treated.
What is a cavity? A cavity is a small hole that has formed in the enamel of your teeth. The hole is formed as a result of the activity of oral bacteria. Bacteria exist in the human mouth. This is both normal and usually does not cause any damage. However, it is important to have good oral hygiene to keep this bacteria from over colonizing the teeth. When there is a buildup of bacteria you can tell by the yellow film, known as plaque, which forms on the teeth. This built up bacteria can secrete a lot of acid onto the teeth, eventually leading to a wearing down of the enamel and a cavity. This is one of the many oral health problems we can both prevent and treat in our dentist office.