Our patients in Norfolk, VA have lost teeth for a variety of reasons – taking a hit to the mouth by a baseball, a depleted jawbone, and more – but one of more common reasons that’s on the rise is tooth decay. Also known as cavities, this condition is often associated with children who had too much juice or candy on Halloween. However, adults are just as vulnerable to this kind of decay without proper oral health care.
But how is tooth decay caused? When you eat, there are bacteria in your mouth that consume the food particles that are left over. As they eat these food particles, they dispel acid that eats away at the enamel. The layers that it eats through are the enamel, the white outer shell; the dentin, a mineral layer; and lastly the pulp, the soft tissues center filled with nerves and blood vessels. As the tooth decay descends into the pulp, this is where the pain and sensitivity can occur. At The Foleck Center, we’ll explain the causes and warning signs of tooth decay, but also offer quality tooth replacement treatments such as dental implants.
If the extent of the tooth decay is caught early, it can usually be remedied with tooth-colored fillings or a root canal. However, if the damage is too great, Dr. Foleck may recommend that the tooth be removed.
But before we get to that level, we want to help you keep that tooth decay at bay. Below are a few common causes for tooth decay and what you can do to improve your habits.
As obvious as it seems, not keeping up your daily regimen can only hurt you. Since bacteria thrive on the food particles left over in your mouth, it’s pertinent that you brush at least twice a day. Start using your floss liberally as well, as the toothbrush can’t always reach between your teeth and into your gums.
The food that sustains the bacteria most are foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates. As the bacteria consume these, they dispel the acid that often forms plaque and erodes away the enamel.
Saliva is a vital element to your oral health, as its the substance that washes away the leftover crumbs and food particles in your mouth while and after you eat. A lack of saliva, also known as “dry mouth”, can indicate that you don’t drink enough fluids. It could also be a sign of other conditions, so pay a visit to your dentist or doctor to get a diagnosis.
Fluoride helps keep your mouth clean and is resistant to acids, but we don’t recommend a large amount of fluoride. Typically, your tap water already has a harmless amount of fluoride.
Tobacco is harmful to your mouth, but many patients may not know that even secondhand smoke can cause damage after a prolonged period.
Overall, one thing to maintain is to keep going to the dentist, especially here at The Foleck Center in Norfolk, VA. By not doing your regular checkups, plaque can build up on your teeth and accelerate the progress of tooth decay.
At The Foleck Center we offer varied options of quality tooth replacement treatments for our patients. Dental implants for patients in Norfolk, VA are a highly recommended smile restoration treatment. They not only look and feel as natural as real teeth, but have a bonus of improving your oral health as well.
When a dental implant is embedded into the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration begins to take place. The implant is constructed from titanium, which is biocompatible with the jawbone. This triggers the bone to regenerate and weave fibers around the implant to form a strong bond. During this regeneration, it effectively plugs the area from tooth decay and other forms of periodontal disease as well.
Each dental implant is carefully customized to fit comfortably in your mouth like a native tooth. Even more so, the porcelain crown that is capped on top can be shaped and stained to imitate your neighboring teeth to an unrecognizable degree,
If you suspect that a dark spot on your tooth or a bit of sensitivity may be a sign of emerging tooth decay, take a look at our list below for some common warning signs. However, self-diagnosing is not 100% reliable, so don’t forget to pay us a visit at The Foleck Center to see if your teeth are at risk.
At The Foleck Center in Norfolk, VA, we proudly accept new and current patients from Norfolk and beyond. If you’ve lost one or more teeth recently or are at risk of losing a tooth to tooth decay, pay us a visit and contact us for a consultation. Dr. Foleck will evaluate the state of your oral health and tooth decay, discuss your treatment options in preparation, and ultimately help determine if dental implants are best for you.
201 College Pl. #111
Norfolk, VA 23510
Monday: 8AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 7PM
Thursday: 7:30AM – 6:30PM
Friday: 8AM – 5PM
Saturday: 9AM – 1PM