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Because cavities can be both painful and inconvenient, we encourage ways to avoid them from taking hold in our patient’s smiles. Avoiding tooth decay is better than having fix cavities as decay weakens tooth enamel by creating holes in your tooth enamel. If tooth decay goes deep enough to expose the tooth’s nerves or pup, you will also experience pain.

Treating a cavity in the early stages is typically done by placing a dental filling, If the cavity is left to worsen, you may end up requiring a root canal to save the tooth or even a tooth extraction, Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens and our team are pleased to share three important tools to keep tooth decay from darkening your smile. Let’s take a look!

First, the biggest barrier to cavities is to develop strong oral hygiene habits early on. By brushing your teeth at least twice each day, flossing once daily, and rinsing with a mouthwash if needed, you will be actively fighting off bacteria and plaque which lead to decay.

Secondly, your dental team is your biggest ally when it comes to fighting tooth decay. We can effectively complement your daily oral hygiene with regular, bi-annual professional cleanings and check-ups by removing hardened plaque and tartar on the hard-to-clean areas of the mouth. In addition, Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will inspect your oral cavity for signs of gum disease and other oral health concerns.

Thirdly, supporting your smile with a tooth-healthy diet including vegetables, fruits, and dairy products will give your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to thrive. Along with that, you will want to limit consumption of sugary foods and drinks or consume them with meals to neutralize their impact on tooth enamel. Finally, don’t forget to drink lots of fresh water to support the healthy production of saliva and also wash away bacteria.

Nourishing your oral health isn’t difficult if you are committed. Do you have any further concerns about your smile, or want to schedule a visit? If so, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team in Durango, Colorado, by calling 970.259.1646 today. At Durango Dentistry we want you to have the smile you deserve!