Understanding the five stages of tooth decay


Did you know there are five distinct stages of tooth decay? And, that in the first stage of decay, you
can actually take steps to reverse the progression of the disease? Indeed, it’s true. In the first stage
of decay, whether you’re a child or an adult, the application of fluoride via fluoride treatments, your
toothpaste and even the local water supply can stop a cavity from penetrating through the enamel
and reaching its second stage. Even the saliva in your mouth and the foods you eat help to re-mineralize a tooth in jeopardy.

Stage One: White Spots

In stage one, the tooth begins to show signs of strain from the attack of sugars and acids, and
white spots will begin to materialize just below the surface of the enamel. These white spots are
representative of the demineralization of the tooth and can be easy to miss because they’re likely
to […]

Being a Complete Dentist

2018-10-04T21:51:06-04:00General, Oral Health, Restorative|

Concept of “Complete dentistry”, established by Dr Peter Dawson (world renowned authority in dental field) and The Dawson Academy, is fully embraced and implemented in our practice.  Fellow dentists recognized the importance of the harmony in the whole masticatory system (jaw joints, muscles,jaws and teeth) for the patients well being. The philosophy goes beyond the “usual and customary” concept of drill and fill dentistry and dentists being seen as”tooth mechanics”. It is our opinion that every patient deserves complete examination and level of dental care that as a goal has establishing of oral health that will provide long term stability. Complete dentists are trained to recognize at an earliest stages the signs of instability in the stomatognathic system that lead to symptoms often painful and uncomfortable for the patients. The first step in understanding complete dentistry is identifying the things that may keep your mouth from being as healthy as it […]

Diet and Energy Drinks, Treat or Threat for Teeth?

2018-10-04T21:26:09-04:00General, Restorative|

Common misconception we hear from our patients is: “There is no sugar in diet drinks, therefore they are not bad for my teeth, right??”

Well, not quite, and this is a reason why:

There is a certain level of pH value your teeth can tolerate and enjoy. pH is a logarithmic measure of how acidic a liquid is.  That level is between 5.5 and 7. A lower pH means greater acidity. Stomach acid has a pH of approximately 1.5 to 3.5.  Tap water has a pH of 7.  A key point to remember when you’re drinking diet soda is: both diet and regular sodas are just slightly less acidic than stomach acid!

The acid wears down your tooth enamel. And your tooth enamel is the main defense against  caries progression. Diet pop has the potential to contribute to enamel breakdown and when combined with sugar can contribute to rampant decay!

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Things You Should Know About Tooth Decay

2018-10-04T21:22:33-04:00Cosmetic Dentistry, General, Pediatric Dental, Restorative|

Dental caries is infectious and transmissible disease of tooth structure. It might surprise you that bacterial cause of tooth decay can be passed along from person to person.

Dental caries or tooth decay is caused by specific types of bacteria. They produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and the layer under it, the dentin. Many different types of bacteria normally live in the human mouth. They build up on the teeth in a sticky film called plaque. This plaque also contains saliva, bits of food and other natural substances. It forms most easily in cracks, pits or grooves in the back teeth, between the teeth, around dental fillings, bridges and restorations and near the gum line.

To detect caries dental practitioner uses clinical examination, radiographic findings (x-rays) and if needed additional diagnostic tests. Only incipient (initial) carious lesions that are […]

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