Tooth decay affects millions of patients, both children and adults. While tooth decay is generally a preventable disease, it remains one of the leading causes of tooth loss today. Statistics show that the majority of adult patients will experience tooth decay at some point in their lives. Houston dentist Dr. Eddie Pruitt advocates and encourages at home oral hygiene and regular dental check ups to prevent the development and progression of tooth decay.
The Development of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is often a result of poor oral hygiene. Tooth decay is caused by a build up of plaque on the teeth. Crooked teeth and back molars are highly susceptible to tooth decay because they can be difficult to reach and hard to clean. Food particles get stuck between the teeth and become breeding grounds for bacteria. Bacteria multiply and leave behind an acidic byproduct that erodes the enamel of the tooth. This erosion is progressive and can worsen when left untreated. Caught early, tooth decay can be conservatively treated using a dental filling. Left untreated, a decayed area of a tooth can become infected and may require a root canal or tooth extraction.
Treatment for Tooth Decay
There are effective dental procedures for treating tooth decay. Treatment will depend on the progression and location of the cavity. In most cases, Dr. Pruitt will offer the most conservative treatment to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. Preserving natural teeth provides long term oral health stability. If tooth extraction is necessary to restore the patient’s oral health, Dr. Pruitt offers full-service dental implants and other treatment options to replace missing teeth.
Schedule Your Dental Health Exam
Brushing and flossing twice a day is your first defense against tooth decay. Regular visits to our Houston, TX dentist office for professional dental cleanings can help keep bacteria in check and provides the opportunity for Dr. Pruitt to monitor your dental health, catching developing concerns in the earliest stages. To schedule your routine dental exam contact us at (281) 407-4455 or request an appointment online. We accept new patients and serve all areas of Houston, TX.