Proud Smiles provides comprehensive dentistry for the prevention of oral disease. We focus on the maintenance and care of the teeth and gums to promote healthy, stable smiles. Tooth decay is a leading dental health concern that affects children and adult patients.
Cavities- The Oral Body Connection
Tooth decay worsens when left untreated triggering a domino effect that can lead to the deterioration of the patient’s oral and systemic health. As bacteria multiply and spread, the structure of the tooth is compromised and may require extraction if not promptly treated. When left untreated, tooth decay can lead to a whole range of secondary conditions that develop due to the spread of disease-causing bacteria, the gums, teeth, jaw bone and systemic health of the patients becomes compromised.
Patients with tooth decay have a higher risk of developing:
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss
- Gum disease
- Gum recession
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart disease
What Are Cavities?
Dental caries are a result of enamel erosion caused by acid-producing bacteria. Bacteria multiply, feeding off of sugary residue left behind on the teeth. As decay develops, the enamel of the tooth erodes away, and infection can spread to the inner pulp of the tooth. Caught early, tooth decay can be treated using Icon, dental fillings or an inlay or onlay. More advanced decay may require a root canal or tooth extraction to restore oral health.
Routine dental exams and professional teeth cleanings help keep teeth clean and disease free. For patients who visit the dentist on a routine basis, Dr. Brenda Paulen can make an early diagnosis of any developing health concerns including tooth decay.