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A key aspect of dentistry consists of making sure you are always caring for your smile and limiting the risk of tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the greatest hazards that an individual faces throughout their life because it can slowly wear down and deteriorate your teeth. Because tooth decay can occur at any age, it is something we have to care for and prevent for the remainder of our lives. Preventing tooth decay includes making sure you understand the risks involved and treatments that can be given.

In situations where extensive tooth decay is occurring, it is often an indication that your oral hygiene routines are not working as efficiently as they need to be. Because you should be brushing and flossing every single day, if you fail to do so or if you do so adequately, it can lead to the rise of tooth decay. In order to prevent tooth decay from occurring, you need to make sure that your oral health care is sound.

One of the biggest risks to your teeth is due to plaque buildup. If there is plaque buildup in your mouth, your tooth enamel will be at risk of dental erosion, as plaque can convert harmful substances in your mouth such as sugars into acids that will eat through your tooth enamel. If left untreated, cavities will arise, and eventual tooth loss will occur. To help prevent risks associated with toothaches, always visit your dentist for the necessary checkups and exams to determine if any damage is occurring. As an additional level of oral health care treatments for cleaning out your mouth, your dentist can provide you with a high-quality professional cleaning every 6 months.

Do you wish to learn more about tooth decay and its effect on your smile? If so, please call 615-889-8202 to schedule an appointment with Brandon Burger, DDS at our dental office in Hermitage, Tennessee, for your oral health care treatments. Dr. Brandon Burger and our expert team can’t wait to help correct your smile, so it can shine brightly for many years to come!