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As with all forms of tooth decay, it is essential to make sure that you’re taking care of your smile by limiting any risks associated with tooth decay. Tooth decay is a serious health disorder in which your tooth enamel is slowly worn down and destroyed.

Your tooth enamel is the precious layer atop your teeth that helps protect the inner workings of a tooth from dental damage. Unfortunately, it is highly flawed and can give rise to serious forms of dental damage. This is because harmful acids in your mouth can slowly wear it away over time. As an added level of protection, protective treatments such as dental sealants can be applied over the tops of your tooth enamel to keep your smile safe.

As your tooth enamel is worn down, your teeth will be at an increased risk for infections and eventual tooth loss. Furthermore, as a hole in your tooth enamel is formed, cavities will arise. To help eradicate cavities, cosmetic restoration treatments such as dental fillings will be needed. For further care protecting your tooth enamel, visit your dentist as needed.

One of the most common causes of tooth decay is actually the result of plaque buildup. Plaque buildup in your mouth consists of a thin layer on your teeth made of debris and bacteria. Plaque has the ability to convert substances such as sugars into harmful acids which will directly contribute to tooth decay by eating through tooth enamel. Thus, it is important to practice effective oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing daily to help remove plaque buildup that may arise.

For more information concerning tooth decay prevention or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roberto Macedo and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in St. Petersburg, Florida, by calling 727-202-4459. RM Advanced Center for Cosmetic Dentistry look forward to helping you soon!