Dental decay is on the rise, according to some reports and there are many causes to blame. Though preventable, tooth decay remains one of the most common diseases, especially during childhood. In fact, five times as common as asthma, and seven times as common as hay fever, according to the CDC.
They go on to say that 43% of children ages 2 to 11 have had cavities in their baby teeth; 21% of those ages 6 to 11 have had cavities in their permanent teeth.
When Cavities Take a Turn for the Worse
Dental caries are caused by bacteria in our mouths. That bacteria can spread from our teeth to the nerve and cause a tooth to become an abscess and an abscess can become deadly when that bacteria spreads to our brain.
From Mouth Healthy, “Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities.”
Key tips for preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy mouth include:
- Brushing twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing daily
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet
- Visiting your dentist regularly
Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply and help protect your tooth’s enamel from plaque and acids. Dental decay doesn’t discriminate, though decay begins early in life among children and teenagers, adults benefit from sealants, too.
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It’s As Easy as 1-2-3!
Taking care of our oral health doesn’t have to be a hassle. Taking time to brush, floss, and eat right will save a lot of time and money in the long run. Go the extra mile and ask us about sealants. Your teeth will thank you!
~Dr. Marea White