Tooth cavities affect both children and adults and are one of the most common dental problems treated by Dr. Blaylock in his Durham dentist office.
Tooth decay is caused by a buildup of plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that builds up on your teeth and contains lots of bacteria. When you eat, the bacteria in the plaque will use the sugar and starch found in your food to produce an acid. This is what attacks and erodes the tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, it leaves the tooth susceptible to the formation of dental caries. This is why it is so important to remove plaque from your teeth everyday with a daily oral hygiene routine. There are also places on your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. This plaque must be removed by a professional teeth cleaning at a dentist office. If you do begin developing tooth decay, it’s imperative to locate it in the early stage where treatment is easy and less painful.
Dr. Blaylock is an experienced Durham restorative dentist. He has incorporated some of the latest dental technology into his dental office to provide more accurate screening and diagnosis for common dental problems such as tooth cavities. Dr. Blaylock uses laser light technology to spot developing cavities at the earliest stages, before they begin to cause tooth pain or significant damage.
Laser Cavity Detection: How Does It Work?
Laser cavity detection is quick and painless, performed during a thorough examination of the teeth and gums. The laser light reflects differently on the surface of a tooth that has decay inside, alerting Dr. Blaylock to the presence of bacteria that may be hidden deep within a small crack or crevice on the surface of the tooth. This pen-like device will glide gently over the surface of your teeth checking the health for each tooth. Without the use of laser technology, tooth decay is generally not visible until more significant damage has occurred.
Laser cavity detection enables Dr. Blaylock to discover tooth cavities earlier and address it earlier with conservative treatments. This modern dental technology is able to spot a cavity where a dental x-ray could not. This can ultimately save patients the time, money and discomfort of more extensive dental treatments to treat a severely decayed tooth.
Preventing Tooth Cavities
There are a wide range of causes for tooth decay and cavities, but poor dental hygiene and a lack of routine dental care are two of the main reasons patients develop these dental concerns.
Dr. Blaylock emphasizes the benefits that preventive care visits twice per year provide for lifelong dental health. Routine preventive care enables he and his staff to spot tooth decay and gum disease in the early stages. If you have particular lifestyle habits that may put you at greater risk for tooth decay, discuss your concerns with Dr. Blaylock at your next visit. He and his staff can recommend appropriate at home oral hygiene to keep your smile healthy between visits.