Decay, Cavities or Caries

Did you know Tooth Decay is the #1 childhood chronic disease?It is the most common of all disorders, second only to the common cold. It usually occurs in children and young adults but can affect anyone.

 

Bacteria is normally present in the mouth and changes food into acids. The combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva form plaque.Plaque begins to form 20 minutes after eating and if not removed by proper flossing and brushing the decay process begins. As the acids in the plaque begin to weaken and dissolve 

the enamel, holes in the teeth are created. It’s where bacteria actually gets inside your tooth and starts rotting and eating your tooth away. That’s actually an infection in your tooth.This is what we call Cavities or Caries.

Cavities are usually painless until they grow closer to the nerve or center of the tooth. Untreated decay destroys the enamel and the internal structure of the tooth thus resulting in root canals or loss of the teeth. 

 

What we understand from an even bigger perspective is it’s not just your tooth, the infection is spreading those toxins into your body. It’s really more of a systemic issue, where that decay is getting into your body. That really concerns us. We’re not all about drilling-and-filling and just managing your cavities. Because we want to get you fully healthy, we want to look at what are your risks. Why do you get cavities? What is the pH of your mouth? What is your genetic background? What is your nutrition and dietary intake look like? We really want to eliminate cavities and get you healthy. 

 

New England Dental Care is committed to keeping your teeth healthy. We use State of the Art technology, that includes digital x-rays to detect decay in the earliest stages, saving and preserving precious enamel. When decay is detected, our doctors use only the best materials to restore your teeth to health.

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