1701 US-40 Highway, Suite 202, Blue Springs, MO 64015
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Summit Family Dental Arts | General Dentistry and Teeth Cleaning

Discovering the Surprising Prevalence of Tooth Decay

April 30, 2024

While most people are aware of the common cold, many don't realize that tooth decay is a close second when it comes to prevalent health issues. Although cavities can be avoided with proper care, neglecting them can lead to more serious problems like compromised tooth structure, damaged internal tissues, and even severe infection or tooth loss.

The Causes of Tooth Decay and the Importance of Preventive Care

Tooth decay is often caused by a buildup of plaque that isn't regularly removed from around your teeth and gums. This plaque harbors harmful bacteria which can damage your oral health if left unchecked. By diligently removing this plaque, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing cavities.

At Summit Family Dental Arts, we prioritize early detection and prevention of dental diseases to keep minor issues from escalating into bigger problems. When you visit our office for a checkup, rest assured that your smile and those of your loved ones are in the best possible hands. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and jaw for any signs of dental disease or developing issues.

As part of a comprehensive preventive care program, every checkup includes a professional teeth cleaning to remove any accumulations of plaque or tartar that you may have missed while brushing or flossing. Our dental team will also review your home care routine and offer guidance on how you can clean and care for your teeth more effectively between visits.

Extra Preventive Care Measures for Children

Due to inconsistent oral hygiene practices and dietary habits, children are particularly susceptible to developing cavities. In fact, research shows that 78% of kids will have had a cavity by age 17. To provide additional protection against tooth decay in children, our dentist may recommend periodic fluoride treatments or dental sealants.

Patient Comfort and Care are Our Top Priorities

If you're diagnosed with tooth decay, it's crucial not to delay treatment. Without proper care, cavities will worsen over time, causing more damage and discomfort. Our dentist will gently remove any damaged tooth structure and place a restoration to restore your tooth's structural integrity, appearance, and function. Plus, we use the latest generation of cosmetically pleasing, tooth-colored materials to ensure that your smile looks natural and seamless.

Comprehensive Dental Solutions for Every Patient

While tooth decay is a widespread oral health concern, regular visits to our office can help prevent cavities from forming. At Summit Family Dental Arts, we offer personalized, state-of-the-art solutions for all your dental healthcare needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with us today.

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1701 US-40 Highway
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Blue Springs, MO 64015
Existing Patients: (816) 229-2442
New Patients: (816) 463-8699

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