Cavities aren’t very welcome, are they? And with good reason. That’s why most people are so relieved when they find out they have none during the course of a routine exam. With a solid strategy of oral hygiene and nutrition at home and regular oral exams and cleanings, that sense of relief can be the feeling you have every time you come in. Our Kensington dentist, Richard G. Viagrande, DMD, is committed to helping you keep your teeth strong, healthy, and intact for the long term.
Dental plaque is a filmy substance whose bacteria erode your tooth enamel, which is called dental decay. Loose enough material and you have a cavity. That’s simple enough. Any plaque that is not removed as part of your brushing and flossing will harden into a more stubborn form, called tartar. Whether filmy or crusty, the result is the same for your teeth. Very often, our Kensington dentist detects small cavities during a regular checkup, and the patient was totally unaware. Symptoms of cavities typically do not develop until the cavity has grown in size. That’s when you may get a toothache, and notice temperature sensitivity to foods and drinks. The smaller the cavity is when it is filled, the better the chances are that it will not cause you any problems in the future. And let’s not forget the benefit of a teeth cleaning, which is another key component of your visit to our Kensington dentist. Teeth cleanings remove that hardened tartar, something that is not possible with home oral hygiene.
Brush your teeth at least twice per day, floss at bedtime, and limit your sugar and starch consumption. That is all it takes, along with an oral exam and cleaning right here. So please contact our office now and let us schedule a time for you come in.