What is Tooth Decay?

Plaque is an insidious substance—a colorless, sticky film—that blankets your teeth and creates an environment in which bacteria erode tooth enamel, cause gum irritation, infection in inner structures such as pulp and the roots, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

Some of the biggest culprits causing plaque are foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates, including soda beverages, some juices, candy and many kinds of pasta, breads and cereals.

Plaque also can attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road.

Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay.  It can also cause your gums to become irritated, inflamed, and bleed. Over time, the plaque underneath your gums may cause periodontal disease, which can lead to bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

Inside your teeth, decay can gradually destroy the inner layer, or dentin.  It can also destroy the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and other tissues, as well as the root. 

Periodontal disease is advanced gum disease. This serious condition occurs when the structures that support your teeth—the gums and bone—break down from the infection.  Pain, hypersensitivity and bleeding are some of the signs of periodontal disease.

Simple Preventative Measures

The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing. Most public drinking water contains fluoride, but if you are unsure of your water supply, then use a good quality mouth rinse containing fluoride.

A good way to help your oral health between brushing is chewing sugarless gum; this stimulates your body's production of saliva, a powerful chemical that actually neutralizes plaque formation and rinses decay-causing food particles and debris from your mouth.

In some cases, our office can prescribe anti-cavity rinses or apply special anti-cavity varnishes or sealants to help fight decay.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "I cannot thank Dr. Edwards and his team for getting my daughter in as quickly as they did. She is not a regular patient of theirs and they jumped through hoops to make it happen. Very informative and considerate folks. Seriously cannot say thank you enough."
    Kara Marinko
  • "Been with Dr. Edwards for the past 13 years, great staff and a blessing to any family! Thanks for getting me in on Tuesday April 28th for my minor emergency!!!"
    Donald Devine
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    Kristi Taylor Sylvester
  • "After a pediatric dentist wanted my son get a crown from a prosthodontist and not being able to find one that took his insurance I called Dr. Edwards office for a second opinion and they stated they could do the crown for him. I have found a new dentist for not only my kids but myself as well."
    Teresa Ferguson
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